Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday Showdown – Three Desirable FoMoCo Wagons on eBay


Welcome to another edition of Wagon Wednesday, and I thought I would shake things up just a bit by doing a Wagon Wednesday Showdown. These three Ford Motor Company Wagons are currently running on eBay. So which one would you park in your driveway?


Up first is the most expensive of our three contestants, a 1957 Mercury Colony Park Hardtop Station Wagon. It pushes all the right buttons, from fake woodgrain, to pillar-less styling, even a very period paint color. From the listing:

VERY RARE 1957 MERCURY COLONY PARK WAGON. THIS WAGON HAS BEEN COMPLETELY RESTORED TO FACTORY NEW. A CALIFORNIA CAR SINCE NEW, THERE IS NO RUST WITH ALL ORIGINAL SHEET METAL AND FLOORS. REPAINTED IN IT’S ORIGINAL ROSEWOOD COLOR, ALL CHROME AND STAINLESS RESTORED, ALL NEW OUTSIDE CLIPS FOR MOLDINGS, RESTORED WOOD TRIM, N.O.S. TURNPIKE CRUISED ENGINE EMBLEMS, NOSE OR HOOD EMBLEM AND ALL NEW LENS INCLUDING TAIL LAMPS, BACK UP AND TURN SIGNAL LENSES.

OPTIONS INCLUDE THE 368 TURNPIKE CRUISER ENGINE, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, POWER STEERING, BRAKES, WINDOWS, SEAT, TOWN AND COUNTRY RADIO, TINTED GLASS AND ROOF RACK. EVERYTHING WORKS INCLUDING THE CLOCK.

THERE ARE LESS THAN 10 KNOWN ON THE ROAD AND THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY ROSEWOOD COLONY PARK PRODUCED.


The seller has priced this car at the top of the value scale with a buy it now price of $65,000. The question is this: Will he get it? See the eBay listing here.

Our next contestant is from the Daniel Schmitt & Co. Motorcar Collection, located in St. Louis. It is a 1959 Edsel Villager Wagon, with a stunning Black & White finish, powered by a 361 CID V-8, and a 3-speed Manual gearbox. How is that for unusual? From the listing:

Finished in classic Black and White with beautifully kept Red and White interior. This incredible motorcar has only 72,000 original miles and has been beautifully maintained. Under the hood was a 361 cubic-inch V8 engine mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. A three-speed automatic gearbox was offered as optional equipment.

Despite overall declining Edsel sales in 1959, sales of the 1959 Villager (7,820 units, 5,687 of which were the 6 passenger model) outpaced the combined three-model ranges of station wagon production in 1958 (6,470 units) by well over 1,000 vehicles.


This beauty is price somewhat lower than the Mercury above, with a buy it now price of $22,900. Again, the question is this: Is this Edsel worth the asking price? See the eBay listing here.

The last contestant is from San Jose, California. It is a 1964 Ford Country Sedan, and is not a show car like the other two. This one is driven regularly, and is equipped with the 352 FE Big Block V-8, three speed Cruise-O-Matic, Upgraded Brakes, Tires and Wheels, and shows a little over 50,000 miles. The upholstery has been re-done, along with a new carpet, new carpet-pad, and has been extensively worked over. According to the listing:

We drive this car regularly to the grocery store, local car shows and back and forth to work. We never fail to get thumbs up, people smiling and complimenting the car when we drive it. It always gets the nostalgia response at car shows and out in public. This is a great nostalgia car that will make you feel good when you drive it. It reminds people of drive in movies and a simpler times.


This modified Ford Wagon has a buy it now price of $15,000. Only you guys know if its worth that much. Take a look at the eBay listing here.
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  1. lilwillie Avatar

    The Edsel does it for me but that should be no surprise. Amazing how the pendulum has swung on Edsel in general. Years ago when people literally despised them. Now there isn't a a year or model that isn't "collectible". Be it a '58 Ranger four door or a '60 Ranger convertible, any of them look wonderful when they are finished up.

  2. Maymar Avatar
    Maymar

    I'd almost definitely pick Tim's Country Sedan over any of these (although the '64 Ford is nice).
    Was Bruce McCall the chief stylist on the Mercury?

  3. tonyola Avatar
    tonyola

    Frankly, none of these wagons really turn me on. That Rosewood color on the Mercury is pretty ghastly and it's overpriced. I would prefer the much cleaner '60 Merc without wood trim. The Edsel is not particularly attractive and I dislike three-on-tree gearshifts. The '64 Ford woud be my choice of the three because it's the best looking, but I wonder what nasties lurk under the dash pad and why a knob on the left side of the dash is missing. There are plenty of other wagons I would pick before any of these three.

    1. Dean Avatar
      Dean

      Dear Tonyola – we are the builders/owners of the 64 ford country sedan. to answer your question – there is one small crack about an inch long by the factory speaker, but otherwise it is in cherry condition. I put the cover on to protect it.
      The knob on the left side of the dash was for the rear power window and has be replaced by a original piece from another wagon since that picture was taken.

  4. muthalovin Avatar

    Ford Country Sedan hands down. Although, strange as I may be, I dig that Rosewood color.

  5. skitter Avatar
    skitter

    Normally it's manual uber alles, and I especially like the Edsel's interior, but the 7k difference between it and the '64 can clean up the dash and put in a proper gearbox.

  6. njhoon Avatar
    njhoon

    I like the Merc but as Tonyola stated the color is um, more that gastly it is gruesome. I had to go with the '64. I think the 64 would be more enjoyable over the long haul.

  7. Charles_Barrett Avatar
    Charles_Barrett

    That '57 Colony Park is a rolling self-parody, and epitomizes the excesses of Detroit in that era (and that includes the Pepto-Bismal paint color). The car makes the Wagon Queen Family Truckster look demure and restrained in comparison. Realistically I can't see paying that kind of scratch for it, but one never knows about these things…

  8. Black Steelies Avatar

    I like the Merc just because it is about as ugly as hammered dogshit. That front end is nuts but I really enjoy the color and woodgrain however fake. For some reason some cars can just be appreciated in their majestic ridiculousness.
    The '64 is a close second. It's hilarious how clean styling became in just 7 short years. Though more realistic than a $65k collector, it's still overpriced for my taste and those wheels are just lame.

  9. nitroracer Avatar
    nitroracer

    If the Edsel was priced better I'd be all over it, but dollar for dollar I'll go with the ford.
    The mercury is unfortunate from the front, but that tail light treatment and giant Mercury M really look good. Case in point, 1958:
    <img src="http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/nitroracer/Other%20Images/MercuryTailEnd.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm191/19steamboat73/Cars/_MG_9420.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm191/19steamboat73/Cars/P7130091.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. tonyola Avatar
      tonyola

      To me, the '57-'59 Mercury is outlandishly overstyled almost to the point of being cartoonish. The 1960 model kept the same basic body shell and size, but had far cleaner and simpler styling. It didn't have the blunt heaviness of the earlier cars. I think the '60 is one of the very best looking big Mercs ever.
      <img src="http://i54.tinypic.com/2ynkn5z.jpg&quot; width="500/">
      <img src="http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/artandcolour2006/1960_Mercury_Colony_Park_Country_Cr.jpg&quot; width="500/">

  10. dukeisduke Avatar
    dukeisduke

    Definitely the '64 Ford. I've always liked the '64 styling. I would add A/C, along with power steering, and a power booster for the brakes.

  11. Smells_Homeless Avatar
    Smells_Homeless

    As is usually the case, I have to ask if I'll be selling, looking at, or driving my choice. Here, we're presented with one of each. If I were buying to hold onto and auction in 15 years, it's all Merc. I prefer looking at the Edsel, the color combo and general presentation are superior to the other two, at least to my eyes. And if I were to buy one to drive, it'd definitely be the 64, as it'd drive most like a modern car. Though I have to say, having driven several 64 Galaxies, the hydraulic ram steering system REALLY leaves something to be desired.

  12. Mad_Hungarian Avatar
    Mad_Hungarian

    The Mercury is so completely outrageous you gotta love it. Yet as hard as it is to imagine, these were the mom-mobiles of the day. The same market segment that buys Honda Odysseys now.
    I like '64 Fords a lot, but the taxi-black interior and the wheels are major turn-offs on this example.

  13. Lotte Avatar
    Lotte

    I'd take the Edsel based solely on the red-and-chrome dashboard. It's gorgeous.
    And wraparound windows have gotta make a comeback; I bet it's like stepping into an airplane cockpit!

  14. Dean Avatar
    Dean

    Hi, we were searching the internet for our next wagon and were shocked to find our 64 wagon on your website. Have to say that was pretty cool. Cooler is the fact that it appears to first in your poll. We have since sold it to a gentlemen in Sweden. It is currently on its why to its new home over seas. It was a pleasure to build this together as a family and we really loved driving it. However, we have two other project cars we want to finish and it was time to let it go. Our next project will be a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500xl two door fast back with a 390 four speed and AC resto mod. We are also restoring a 1975 CJ5 Jeep with a 304 four speed. we are always on the lookout for more classic projects to do. thank you for the mention and I really enjoy your website.

    1. coupeZ600 Avatar
      coupeZ600

      Welcome Dean! Sweet Wagon, you must have been sad to let it go, and you just missed a post, "Number of Volvos imported during the 60's: 350,000. Number of American Cars exported to Sweden during this time: 1, and this is it's story…….." (I have a '69 145 daily-driver)
      But I just wanted to tell everyone else that this is the very first poll here or even before over at [REDACTED], that my pick was not only not very dead last, but was Actually WINNING! Woo Hoo! (but there's still time left…..)

  15. Lew Avatar
    Lew

    I had to go with the Colony Park on this one. Have to admit some partiality though, as my Dad owned a black version of this car with the wood grain. I was 7 at the time and it was the first of many wagons to follow. This was his first and last Mercury wagon. The rest to follow were all Country Squires.

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