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1952 Mercury Custom Station Wagon
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1 4445 3/31/2010
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$104,500.00 None Auction Results
Description: 1952 Mercury Custom Station Wagon
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2010
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 179 - Sold at a price of $104,500

Series 2M. 125 bhp, 255.4 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118"

The entire 1952 Ford Motor Company lineup introduced all-new and modern body designs with new, strengthened frames and advanced features including suspended pedals and curved single-pane windshields. Like Ford, the Mercury model range continued to rely on flathead V8 power, and while engine displacement remained unchanged, power increased, thanks to a compression increase.

Initially, there had been plans for the use of a new ball-joint front suspension and the all-new "Y-block" overhead-valve V8 engine for all Ford Motor Company cars in 1952, but in the end, only Lincoln received these advancements. Accordingly, both Ford and Mercury divisions adapted their existing suspension components and engines to the new chassis.

Like Ford, Mercury's station wagon bodies were of all-steel construction. Unlike Ford, however, Mercury offered only a four-door model, with seating accommodations for up to nine passengers. Both wagon variants were equipped with decorative maple side trim outlining faux wood grain paneling, and where Ford models had a "dogleg" wood accent on the rear wheelhouse, Mercury used stainless steel trim from the sedan instead. All station wagon bodies were now built at Ford's Rouge facility before being shipped out for final assembly. This nine-passenger example was completed at the Los Angeles Mercury assembly plant on October 20, 1951.

Hot Rod and Custom Stuff of Escondido, California restored the wagon between 2004 and 2006, at a cost approaching $200,000, and copies of the restoration receipts are available for review in the auction office. Today, it shows approximately 60,000 miles and is resplendent with a Hillcrest Green exterior, complemented by a brown and light tan two-tone interior. Desirable features include a three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, as well as a pushbutton-operated AM radio, a heater, an outside rear-view mirror, road/fog lamps, fender shields and license plate frames.

As one of only 2,487 1952 Mercury Station Wagons originally produced for 1952, this beautifully restored, strong running and well-equipped example marks the end of Mercury "Woodie" production and comes complete with a selection of documentation and photographs. Best of all, the combination of the legendary "flathead" V8 engine and overdrive transmission provide an excellent touring experience with plenty of room for the whole family. With its exceptional restoration workmanship, this lovely 1952 almost certainly represents the highest quality example extant.
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