Picture yourself deep in the woods, overlooking a mountain lake. You’ve packed your pipe with the finest cherry tobacco, and you have stoked just enough heat in the wood stove to sand the rough edge off of the evening chill. It’s time to relax as the sun just begins to dip behind the western peaks. On the lake, concentric ripples move outward from various points, betraying the trout just beneath the surface, foraging for the evening meal.
The flannel is soft against your skin, and the porch rocker has just enough contour to make it surprisingly comfortable for something made of wood. The smell of wood smoke blends with the tobacco of your pipe and it reminds you of your grandfather, whose hands made this cabin from the surrounding forest all those years ago. You recall fondly how he taught you to bait your hook and cast your line into the shimmering summer waters, and how to have respect for the perch, bass and sunnies that would later become the dinner he prepared on the grill.
The crackling transistor radio reminds you that you are far removed from civilization. Its dimly lit dial points to the only station in range as the strains of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, and other music of a bygone era gently waft throughout the cabin. Back in the present, filled with memories of good times had in this special – sacred even – place, you climb the stairs as you hold the wooden handrail worn smooth by the hands of time.
Now picture yourself looking out the window of this cabin, wheel ruts in the primitive road show you the way home beneath the yellowish headlights. As you glide over the tall sparse grass sprouting up in the hump of earth between the compacted ruts, you realize that your cabin on wheels, and is in the basic shape of a V-8 station wagon. Your refuge: a 1948 Mercury 89M “Woodie” Wagon.
This green & wood over tan vinyl interior is an excellent example of a Woodie Wagon, and according to the seller, is 1 of only 1889 made. Rumbling under its front porch…er…hood is the original and completely rebuilt 100 HP flathead V8. This wonderful frame-up restoration which took over a year and a half was completed in 2014, wherein all of the wood, fenders, and hood were removed.
The floors, fire wall, and engine bay were sand blasted and painted. Interior wood of the roof has been replaced but the rest of the wood on the car is almost all original and in excellent condition. Most of the chrome (except the front bumper) has been re-plated.
This cabin on wheels is said to run, drive and stop as it should. In fact this car completed the 2300 mile Great Race in the summer of 2017 with no hiccups. The car is used by the seller for shows and club events, and has won many awards including a Best In Show just this past weekend.
The car has a New LeBaron Bonney Top, as well as a complete new LeBaron Bonney Interior in Tan Vinyl. Reproduction floor mats, a new water pump, carburetor, fuel pump and tank, 12V starter, alternator, wiring harness, and brake system were installed during the restoration.
All gauges, lights, and turn signals have been rebuilt and work properly, as has the manual transmission. Front end has been completely rebuilt. Dual tail lamps, turn signals and seat belts are all new. Five new Coker American radials appear as bias-ply have been installed (the fifth tire is a rear-mounted spare).
This clean-title 1948 Mercury 89M Woodie Wagon reads 26,000 miles on the odometer and has an asking price of $82,500. The seller states that there are many more photos available than in the original ad which can be found HERE on craigslist. Enjoy the sunset.
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