- Offered from the Duane Sell Collection
- Very nice older restoration
- Nicely accessorized, with three rows of seating
- Among the finest restorations in the collection
As with other early postwar U.S. cars, the initial 1946 Mercury was little-changed from the 1942 models, aside from a new grille, bold fender trim, and a new hood ornament and hubcaps. The Mercury had the distinction of being one of the last American automobiles to formally return to production. Assembly lines did not begin moving until October 22, 1945, and the models were not even officially debuted until February 8, 1946, well into the traditional model year. This accounts for the limited production and rarity of some body styles, such as the virtually hand-built “woody” station wagon, of which just 2,797 were made.
The Sell Collection’s wagon was beautifully restored some years ago, with wonderful rich woodwork, still in extremely good condition inside and out. Similarly the Dynamic Maroon paint finish is in very good overall condition. The interior is red, with three rows of seating, and is tight and fresh, with little signs of use. Accessories seen include an AM radio, bumper guards and wing tips, and seatbelts, the latter a modern update but quite welcome for extended touring. The engine bay exhibits some signs of enjoyment on the open road, but is nonetheless tidy and presentable. At the time of cataloguing the wagon had recorded only 61 miles, likely since restoration.
This is a very rare postwar Mercury, with very few of the 2,797 built having survived long enough to be restored by modern enthusiasts. Fewer still have been finished to this fine standard, and stand so ready to be enjoyed by a new caretaker.