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Make / Model: Mercury / Monterey Woody Wagon
Title Status: 1179
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Year: 1953
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Price: $0.00
Location: Scottsdale,AZ
Seller’s Email: consignments@russoandsteele.com
Seller’s Phone: 602 252 2697
Seller Type: Auction

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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 18th – 22nd, 2012 at Russo and Steele\’s 12th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information. Mercury was founded in 1939 with the purpose to market entry-level-luxury vehicles that were slotted in between Ford-branded regular models and Lincoln-branded luxury vehicles. All Mercury models are today based on Ford platforms. The Mercury name is derived from ‘messenger of the gods\’ of Roman mythology. In the beginning years, Mercury was known for performance. The Lincoln-Mercury Division was formed in 1945, but it was not until 1949 that Mercury was able to shed its image as a glorified Ford. The 1949 to 1951 Mercurys became popular with customizers and hot rodders. Actor James Dean, driving one in the classic 1950s movie \”Rebel Without a Cause\” helped assure the car\’s cult status. In the 1930s and 1940s, few cars had more prestige than the Ford/Mercury \”woody\” station wagon. Nearly always the highest priced model in the Ford line, it was about as practical as a backyard gazebo but carried as much status as a Chris-Craft speedboat. While Ford led the industry in wooden-body wagon sales, production was always low, due as much to limited production capability as to the small demand. Woodies of all makes were sought after by hotels, resorts, country clubs, stables, and movie studios, and Ford\’s woodies were owned almost exclusively by country squires long before its wagons were ever called that. Though highly impractical, there was something about the Ford woodies that made them slightly magical. They invariably squeaked, rattled, and groaned as glued and screwed seams came loose, and their bodywork required at least as much maintenance as a boat (owner\’s manuals recommended annual stripping and re-varnishing). But the country squire seemed to accept the responsibilities that went along with woody ownership. Hired help did most of the work anyway, and besides, the ritual






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