Lead Sled: ’51 Mercury V-8 Coupe
The first post war Mercury design was introduced in the 1949 model year. The engine was a Flathead V-8 and a new overdrive system was optional. The styling of the Mercury Eight was successful in both ending the monotony of boring pre-war style, and differentiating Mercury from its comparable Ford cousin. Sales figures for both Ford and Mercury broke records in 1949.
In 1950 the Mercury Coupe was introduced with great success. Movie fans will recall its role in Rebel Without a Cause, Badlands and America Graffiti. Today’s pick comes from frequent contributor, Mike M. and like the Pontiac, is an amazing survivor The seller states the interior is all original and suggest the paint is the result of an older respray but it might be original too. The flathead V-8 runs out well and a 3-speed on the tree sounds like fun. We love the red wheels with full wheel covers, the sunshade and rear fender skirts. We are happy it didn’t become a donor car for a Batmobile and props to the current owner for keeping it real. There’sa Buy It Now at $39,000 and that’s right where Hagerty Price Guide has a #2 condition car. Read more on eBay by clicking here.