1940 Mercury Convertible Sedan SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $70,000 - $100,000

$69,300 Sold

95hp, 239 cu. in. L-head vee eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, live axle suspension with transverse leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulically-actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116"

Upon entering its second year of production, the 1940 Mercury was then introduced as “ The Second Edition of the Famous Best Seller ” . Built on a wheelbase of 116 inches, two of the major features for the 1940 Mercury were sealed-beam headlights and the relocation of the gearshift lever from the floor to the steering column.

Records indicate that there were 86,685 1940 Mercury ’ s produced world wide. Of that amount, only 1083 were four-door convertible sedans such as the example presented here (979 were built for the U.S. market and an additional 104 for export). Of the five Mercury body styles produced in 1940, the four-door convertible sedan was the only one offered exclusively in 1940 and had an advertised factory price of $1,212.

The 1940 Mercury four-door convertible sedan offered here was acquired by the Dick Duncan “ Memories of Ford ” Museum in 1968. At that time it was rusty, partially dismantled, and obviously had not been in a drivable condition for many years. Over the ensuing years replacement parts were obtained from many sources throughout the country in preparation for the complete restoration that was to ensue.

The total restoration of this car was completed in early 1996, a task successfully accomplished due largely to the dedication and skills of two very talented craftsmen, Wally Tennyson and Ed Howcroft.

The paint on the four-door convertible sedan is called Cotswold Gray Metallic. It was an optional color offered by Ford on the 1940 Mercury, beginning in the spring of that year and consequently is often referred to as being an Easter color.

The accessories installed on this rare automobile include a Columbia two-speed rear axle, hot water heater and defroster, push-button radio, dual side-view mirrors, front and rear bumper guards, whitewall tires, wheel rings with inner wheel trim, rear stone deflector, twin fog lights and a locking gas cap. The oil filter and the oil bath air cleaner were also extra cost options.

Not often do pre-war Mercurys come up for sale, which makes the sale of this four-door convertible sedan a very special occurrence indeed.

Reference Number 5824

as of 1/10/2007

Car 1940 Mercury Convertible Sedan
VIN 99A157279 
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