- A restored and unmodified example
- Finished in attractive Tampico Red Metallic
- Part of The Ron Thorne Collection since the 1980s
The new Mercury was introduced to the car-buying public two months before the 1949 Ford was shown on June 10th, 1948. The Mercury and the Lincoln were among the first all-new post-war cars offered to the public, along with Kaiser-Frazer and Studebaker. The new Mercury bodies were sleeker, lower and so pleasing that they quickly gained a cult-like following among the younger generations. It also became a favorite for hot-rodders and custom builders, making original and unmodified examples like this one particularly hard to find today.
Most notably for the post-war Mercury, was the performance under the hood. Displacement was now 255 cubic inches, instead of 239. This also upped the horsepower by 10, now rating it at 110 horsepower, which came from reshaping the cylinder heads and pistons. All these improvements made Mercury a hot and fast one on the street, as they could achieve an honest 90 miles per hour, making the '49 Mercury one of the fastest production vehicles of its time.
First acquired by Ron Thorne in 1989 from Monte Shelton Motor Co. of Portland, Oregon while at the Portland Swap Meet, this 1949 Mercury Coupe would become a long-term resident of his magnificent Early Ford V-8 and Mercury collection. Sporting a comprehensive restoration, the exterior is painted in a classic Mercury color of Tampico Red Metallic, which was only available for coupes. The brightwork shines nicely and evenly throughout and complementing its astute stance. Factory options equipped on this Mercury include rear skirts, a grille guard, trim rings, wind deflectors, an interior clock, a radio, and a period spare tire and jack.
Just like the aesthetics of this six-passenger coupe, the mechanicals are also in top order. The 110-horsepower, 255-cubic-inch V-8 engine is nicely detailed and fires right up, allowing for its owner to confidently slide in and go. With room for six, it is an ideal candidate to pile the family in and go for an afternoon cruise or weekend getaway.
Residing in The Ron Thorne Collection since the 1980s, this nicely restored example presents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the last cars to be offered from what was once one of the largest Early Ford and Mercury collections in the country.