’49 Mercury looks stock, but doesn’t sound that way

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It may appear that every surviving late 1940s and early ’50s Mercury sedan has been turned into a chopped and channeled and slammed lead-sled custom, but we searched through the classified advertisements on ClassicCars.com until we found the Pick of the Day, a 1949 Mercury Sport Sedan that at first glance appears box stock.

“Totally stock inside and outside,” notes the Maple Lake, Minnesota, dealer selling the car, “until one opens the hood and hears her purr!”

Beneath the hood is a fresh 350cid V8 linked to a 3-speed automatic transmission. The car also has power disc brakes and a rebuilt rear with proper gearing for cruising the highways.

“Best ‘sleeper’ with this quality we’ve ever seen for this value,” the dealer contends.

The dealer adds that the original owner had the car for 60 years and that the second owner did the resto-mod, which included a new gas tank and fuel lines, new electrical wiring, dual exhaust, and re-chroming.

The dealer notes a “new stock interior” including headliner, visors and indoor door emblems.

The 41,000 miles on the odometer are believed to be accurate, the dealer said.

The asking price is $23,950.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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