Model year 1940 was a stellar one for Ford Motor Co. as the styling that evolved through the 1930s came together with a handsomely integrated look, exemplified by the Pick of the Day, a 1940 Mercury Eight convertible.
Mercury was the middle-level division for Ford, a step above Ford with an added layer of style, features and chrome, and below the Lincoln luxury cars. This Mercury looks to be a nicely restored convertible with some modern features for drivability, most obvious from its lowered stance.
“This stunning vehicle comes in an immaculate tan paint job complemented by a spotless red interior and a clean brown convertible top,” according to the Kentwood, Michigan, dealer advertising the Mercury on ClassicCars.com. “The convertible top is in exceptional condition and functions as it should.
“Powering this stunning classic is a 239 cubic-inch V8 motor mated to 3-speed manual transmission with a Columbia 2-speed rear end with overdrive. Upgrades to the 239 include a 12v conversion, electronic ignition, Fenton headers, full stainless-steel exhaust and more.
“Other upgrades include a back-up camera, tachometer, voltage gauge, vacuum gauge, turn signals, tube shocks, front sway bars and more. Additionally, the vehicle comes with various spare parts.”
The elegant Mercury convertible evokes Hollywood visions from an era long past, when such beautiful machines prowled the boulevard carrying starlets and their escorts. The tan-and-red color motif sets it off nicely.
The interior with its couchlike leather (or maybe leatherette) seats has been fitted with such modern conveniences as a large console with cupholders, auxiliary gauges and the screen for a reverse camera. Otherwise, it looks attractively restored with its proper deco design.
This would be a nice craft for cruises and rallies, its highway cruising enhanced by the 2-speed rear with overdrive. The flathead V8 would provide decent power, or it could upgraded with period-correct performance options.
The Mercury seems reasonably priced at $46,900. And if those modern pieces in the interior disturb your classic car sensibilities, they could be easily yanked out.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.