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For Sale: 1948 Mercury Eight
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
26210 Emery Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128-2251
NEW PRICE! One of only 7586 built. 1953 Mercury EAC flathead, 12-volt electrical system. Hidden AM/FM/CD stereo. Wonderful, fast, handsome summertime cruiser.

Finished in Pheasant Red, a correct 1948 Mercury color, the paint has a soft shine that is entirely appropriate to the vintage, and devoid of metallic that instantly reveals an inauthentic finish. The bodywork was quite well done, and the car fits together well overall. It appears that chrome details like the bumpers and front grilles have been restored, and it is fitted with accessories such as bumper tips and guards, which in the back house an auxiliary pair of turn signal indicators. All the stainless shows light patina, but no damage or other issues. Only the dual exhaust system with accessory V8 tips gives away this car’s otherwise stock appearance.

Restored and finished in matching maroon vinyl, the interior is a fantastic place to spend a few hours on a sunny afternoon. The seat cushions are plain and not exactly correct for 1948, but they are nicely finished and quite comfortable, thanks to fresh materials underneath. Black carpets contrast nicely and match the black canvas top overhead, and the door panels are beautifully finished with original woven fabric inserts. Auxiliary gauges for oil pressure, temperature, and voltage have been mounted below the center stack in a panel that has also been woodgrained to match the dash. The original AM radio remains in the dash, but a modern AM/FM/CD stereo head unit has been hidden in the glove box, along with a pair of powerful speakers hidden under the dash to deliver the sound. The original heater/defroster unit is fully functional, as is the power top, whose hydraulic cylinders were replaced in January 2011.

The engine is a 1953 Mercury flathead, displacing 255 cubic inches and wearing a set of EAC cylinder heads. Widely regarded as the best of the flatheads, it has been dressed in green paint as original, and fitted with a few minor performance pieces such as headers and a high-lift camshaft. It starts quickly thanks to the 12-volt electrical system, and settles instantly into a lumpy idle, compliments of the performance cam inside. Throttle response is instant, and the car has a wonderful hot rod sound that’s a joy on the road. With light action from the 3-speed manual transmission and firm brakes, it is a pleasure to drive, and cruises easily at modern highway speeds. Underneath, it is solid and rust-free, including the original floors and trunk, and it tracks straight thanks to a set of Firestone wide whites on a set of steel wheels with hubcaps and beauty rings.

This car also includes a set of original steel fender skirts which have been restored and painted to match, but are not currently installed.

It would be impossible to restore another car to this level for the price, and it needs nothing to be enjoyed immediately. A true wolf in sheep’s clothing, it delivers period-perfect performance in a handsome, well-rounded package.

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Pricing Information
Asking Price
or best offer
Vehicle Location

United States
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level
Convertible Coupe

Odometer Reading



Vehicle Category/Style


Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Pheasant Red

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details


Seat Material

Accessories and Customizations

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Interior
Very Good

Engine Details

Engine Configuration

Engine Size
255 cubic inches

Engine History

Engine Condition

Transmission Details

Transmission Type

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

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