HomePick of the DayClassic beauty 1940 Mercury Eight convertible set up for drivability

Classic beauty 1940 Mercury Eight convertible set up for drivability


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

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. I always enjoy your articles. You are able to find some incredible automobiles. Thiis Mercury is a classic example ofold school cool.

    If you ever want to do an article on a old Corvette.
    There’s a guy in Wisconsin that has a 63 that has 570,000 miles on it. He bought it new and he and his wife travel everywhere for shows all over the U.S.A.
    Name is Steve Stone. I met him in Lancaster, Ohio last September.
    There is a YouTube on him.
    Thanks again for the great articles.

    https://journal.classiccars.com › 2018/10/16 › this-isnt-a-typo-63-corvette-…
    Oct 16, 2018 – Steve Stone drives his 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. …. has been featured at Spring Jefferson, Wisconsin; Bloomington Gold in Champaign, Illinois; …

  2. iiBeautiful car , I own a 1939 Mercury convertible almost the same as the one posted here .Mine is a Canadian built unit It isn early build 94 unit built I think .The body no is 11 C 94 ( november Canada 94th unit )This body no. is different than the no that I have seen on any U.S. unit . I have proof that this car has been i Ontario Canada since the 1950’s


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