When you look at the hierarchy of station wagon styles, obviously the 4 door post wagon is overwhelmingly the most common followed by 2 door post wagons and 4 door hardtops but what about the 2 door hardtop wagon? The 2 door Chevy Nomad wagons were technically hardtops but the B pillar is just behind the door so the visibility from the back seat is somewhat obstructed. So besides the Nomad the only other 2 door hardtop American wagons I can think of is the Mercury Voyager that was manufactured for only 2 years in the late 1950’s. You can find this Voyager on Hemmings with a negotiable price of $54,500.
Talk about a room with a view! Imagine a trip with the kids to Disneyland in this beauty. Finished in ‘Moonmist Yellow and ‘Classic White” This big Merc comes very nicely optioned including the upgraded 368 big block Turnpike Cruiser engine that produces 290hp and 405 lb-ft. of torque. Power steering and power brakes were also added along with the pushbutton Merc-O-Matic transmission. Mercury’s Safety Group package was also added which gave you a padded dash and padded visors. The Visual Aid package included tinted glass, backup lights, windshield washer system, and non-glare inside rear view mirror. Finally, the Glamour Group was ordered that included chrome wheel opening mouldings and rocker panel mouldings, along with the anodized Gold projectile moulding appliqué on the rear quarter panel.
They weren’t messing around with padding that came with the Safety Group option. I’ve never seen so much padding on a dash!
While this is a rare and beautiful car, it’s not perfect. The exterior body, paint, chrome and trim all look to be in great shape but some work remains if the new owner wants to bring it to the next level. In particular the interior could use some refreshing as there’s normal wear and scuffing that could use attention. With the seller willing to be negotiable with the $54,500 price tag is this rare hardtop wagon worth pursuing?