Forgotten in a basement garage of a rural Virginian orphanage for 40 years this Mercury Commuter was discovered only after the house that served as the orphanage was scheduled for demolition in 2015. A full restoration is needed but the car looks to be complete and being a hardtop this is one desirable wagon! The original “Wash Lawn” orphanage graphics are still on the tailgate- it sure would be a cool homage to the orphanage if they were kept when this big Merc gets restored! You can find this Mercury Commuter on Ebay in Richburg, South Carolina witha BIN of $5,500
The door panels look to be in pretty good shape and may just need a good cleaning. Fabric wear and soiling on the seats will necessitate new seat covers but the padded dash is said to be in pretty good shape. Chrome is solid and will need to be redone and the intact trim will likely need to be polished.
The seller rebuilt the carburetor and oiled the cylinders enough to start the 383 V8 but hasn’t run it for any period of time as the cooling system will need work. The wagon is equipped with a 2 speed automatic transmission and the other options include an AM radio, Lever Temp heater, padded dash and a power tailgate window (not working) Power steering, power brakes and a clock were not part of the original equipment.
This is a major project but how rewarding would it be bring this beauty back! The asking price of $5,500 doesn’t seem too out of line for a complete and desirable wagon like this ’59 Mercury.