46K Miles! 1958 Mercury Commuter Wagon

Beautiful, I don’t know how else to describe this low-mile, rust-free 1958 Mercury Commuter wagon – just plain beautiful. A two-door hardtop wagon in tri-tone yellow, white, and black with wide whitewall tires almost perfectly defines the automotive scene in the 1950s for me. This wagon can be found listed here on eBay in Tiffin, Iowa and the current bid price is just under $21,000 but the reserve isn’t met yet.

Wow, what a car. I have looked at the photos in the eBay listing several times and I can’t find a flaw in this car anywhere inside or out. The current bid price is already over Hagerty’s #3 good condition value and they list a #2 excellent condition value of $27,000 so maybe that’s the seller’s reserve? I don’t know how a person could go wrong with this one.

Mercury wagons in this era came in three trim levels, the top-of-the-line was the Colony Park with woodgrain trim, then came the mid-level Voyager, and finally the “base” model, the Commuter. In looking at this gorgeous car, it’s hard to believe that it’s a base trim level car. They were available in both four-door and two-door body styles, but what a way to stand out at a car show: a two-door late-1950s wagon in bright colors. This one is currently showing 1956 wheel covers and 15″ wheels, I’m not sure if the original wheel/tire combo is included or not.

The interior looks equally perfect. but the seller says that it’s new other than the excellent original headliner. This car has a power front bench seat, power steering, power brakes, and a power rear tailgate window. The seat upholstery is fabulous 50s fabric and vinyl and the rear cargo area looks pristine. With fewer than 47,000 miles over the last 63 years, that’s only an average of 744 miles a year.

The beautiful engine compartment doesn’t disappoint either. This is Mercury’s Marauder 383 cubic-inch V8 which would have had 330 horsepower and 425 ft-lb of torque. It’s equipped with a Vintage Air air-conditioning system which would come in handy for summer cruising and this is a car that should never even see a flake of snow to keep it rust-free. How much is this beautiful wagon going to sell for?

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Comments

  1. Howard Kerr

    Chevy’s Nomad, and to a lesser extent Pontiac’s Safari get about 99% of the press when the subject is sporty, 50s, 2 door station wagons. But these 2 door Mercury wagons (57-59) in my opinion deserve to be much better known.
    Love the 3 tone paint job on this one, GM didn’t do that, and if you are into jukebox instrument clusters, this one also covers that base.
    A 59 Mercury 2 door wagon would be 1 of my 50s dream cars…if I could afford one. I wouldn’t care what colors or engine it had, but yellow is one of my favorite car colors.

    Like 35
  2. Don Eladio

    This car is BEAUTIFUL. It is so much better looking than any Chevy, Pontiac, Ford, or otherwise, than any other ’50’s 2-door wagon that it is almost unbelievable. The Dodges of the mid-late fifties were also really gorgeous but, this one, wow!

    Like 25
  3. Sam Shive

    Sweet As Honey. Checks All The Boxes

    Like 15
  4. MLM

    I’m not much on wagons,but I wouldn’t mind parking this sweet machine in my driveway. It’s refreshing to see something besides a Chevrolet Nomad.

    Like 27
  5. Mnguy

    Too bad Ford couldn’t build an engine that would last back in those days. Gaudy but striking for sure.

    Like 1
    • Ike Onick

      I always enjoy blanket statements such as this that have no basis in fact.

      Like 42
    • Martin M

      Mercury is a division of Ford.

      • Steve Clinton

        *was

        Like 3
  6. Mike D

    I am not a Ford guy, but that’s a beauty.

    Like 12
  7. doone

    Is 58 the first year fomoco put the ignition key to the right of the steering column?

    • Chuck Dickinson

      Not on FORDs.

      Like 1
  8. 370zpp

    This one would look just right hauling a vintage Yellow Jacket speedboat behind it.

    Like 18
    • First53Resorter

      You are so correct, sir! My 1958 Yellowjacket Catalina needs this.

      Like 8
  9. sir_mike

    Beautiful Merc wagon.

    Like 10
  10. Jcs

    This beauty is cool beyond description.

    Take a look at the eBay ad’s picture of the shifter “control panel” and it’s groovy labeling, I’ve never seen or heard of anything like it. Love it.

    Am I the only one that initially thought that the interior pic was in black and white?

    Like 13
  11. Jim Mueller Member

    As a 40 year collector (of many many FoMoCo, GM, MoPar and orphan cars) the ones I have had the most of are ‘57 and ‘58 Mercurys-over 25. This one has been advertised during the past year for 50K plus. Just sharing.

    Like 8
  12. Joe Haska

    It’s funny when a car like this comes along, all I can think of is, how much I would like to have it. Yet before I saw it, I never gave it a thought. So what does this prove, stop looking at cars for sale. Yeah like that’s going to happen!

    Like 14
  13. jay bree

    Beautiful homage to the Nomad (they sure copied all the basic styling features with this one). That said, it’s gaudy, it’s 1950’s and it’s a stunningly beautiful car for relatively short money.

    Like 3
  14. charlie Member

    I thought I had seen them all, but I have never seen one of these, and I was 17 in 1958, and very much into cars.

    Like 2
  15. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    Those wheel covers and white tires look perfect on this car. The color scheme brings out the lines to an excellent degree. The added vintage air is a welcome comfort luxury. Make no mistake these big wagons are floaters. They have a soft ride and take a lot of real estate to turn around. It’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s an attention getter.
    Love it.
    God bless America

    Like 5
  16. David Scully

    The main reason Mercs were semi-obscure this year was due to the introduction of the Edsel. I saw only one of this model (’58) much later (1960 or so) as I was doing my army time in SE Asia from ’58-’60) and as a life-long FoMoCo guy, was blown away by the styling – much more aggressive than the Nomad/Safari (IMHO) styles of the tri-fives. This is a very rare, very desirable car, but I’m looking for a ’56-‘547 baby ‘bird just now.

  17. Stu

    I don’t remember these and don’t know why. Maybe because I was in Jr. High st the time. Beautiful! I would love to have it but afraid to drive it except on bright, sunny days where I wasn’t going to park it anywhere.

  18. Steve Clinton

    This Merc screams 1950s style!

    Like 3
  19. CCFisher

    Fantastic! This one cries out for a vintage travel trailer in matching colors!

    Like 2
  20. RexFox

    I don’t like automatic transmissions and have never really cared for Mercurys, but this car is really cool!

  21. Angel_Cadillac_Diva Angel Cadillac Diva Member

    What a car! Not something you see every day. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Mercury wagon of this vintage.
    Now, it just needs power windows and it would be perfect.

    Like 2
  22. Al

    An outstanding example of what Detroit once could produce. No mistaking this for anything other than a Merc. Distinctive and in-your-face handsome. Makes the tri-five Nomads look like amateur builds in comparison. The only other wagon of this vintage with this much style was the Buick Cabalaro. Dang, how I miss the days when each make was distinct and each made a statement. I love how dependable the cars I drive now are, but they are as exciting as refrigerators and none give ice thru the door!

    Like 7
  23. angliagt angliagt Member

    The ’50’s had some really great color combinations.
    Compare that to the drab colors you see everywhere now.

    Like 4
  24. Marvin Askins

    In a word-Beautiful!

    Like 2
  25. martinsane

    I love it. A oddball wagon of this ilk is my bucket list car.

    No rub on the car and im no Merc expert but does the interior seem 1 dimensional? Seems cars of this vintage had interiors that complimented the exterior and this ones is albeit cherry its just grey. Seems some color pop would be standard?

    Regardless ship it west for me.

  26. Chris

    I love this car & would drive it all day long . This is a cruiser

    Like 1
  27. HC

    Wow! What a beauty! Ive been looking for a Mercury Commmuter like this for yrs and this is one of the best examples Ive seen. Love the Marauder engine and everything else from paint to interior is spot on ! Great find guys

    Like 1
  28. Ron B.

    1958 was a severe recession year every, other car except

    Rambler a bad sales year. Even though this is a hardtop

    wagon it was the lowest trim line for Merc so the basic interior.

    Fords and Mercs had the multi color “Styletone” paint option.

    Ron.

  29. Jack G

    This is the car era that every year the new car dealers brought out the search lights and it was exciting to see what the new models looked like. This car is a fine example of those days. Absolutely gorgeous!

  30. John

    I reckon Charles Bronson drove one of these in the 1958-1960 tv series “Man with a camera”. The episodes can be found on either YouTube or Tubi.

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