For Sale: 1941 Mercury Convertible in Minnetonka, Minnesota

$96,500 (OBO)

Vehicle Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offering my 1941 Mercury Convertible! This amazing vehicle is an original Arizona car with an Arizona Title in the name of Leo Gephart which came from his Scottsdale Arizona Collection. I believe I am the second private owner of this car. Leo Gephart's Classic car was featured in the May, 2008 Hemming's Classic car by Jim Donnelly's feature on Gephart "The Architect of the Collector Car Hobby". It's a great history of classic cars and the beginning of Barrett-Jackson. Tom Barrett and Russ Jackson were friends and customers of Leo Gephart and Leo talked them into forming a Classic Vintage Car auction house.

The JLR Classic Restoration team in Minneapolis were commissioned by the owner for a total rebuild and to keep the original classic lines of a 1941 Mercury Convertible, yet update the drive train with the finest modern components regardless of price. This is a very rare car, with ONLY 7 unmolested 41 Mercury Convertibles in existence today. A Nut and Bolt protocol was in place during all stages of the three-year restoration.

ENGINE:

  • 1953 Mercury Flathead dressed with Offenhauser HC polished finned heads. Engine was treated to a $10K rebuild by "Headquarters Machine" during the winter of 2016-2017.  Less than 500 miles since restoration.
  • Offenhauser intake manifold with twin Stromberg carburetors.
  • Sanderson Block Hugger Silver Ceramic coated exhaust headers and twin Porter Exhaust.
  • Vintage Auto Garage electrical system converted 6v-12v.
  • Power Master 12v Performance starter.
  • Cooling by custom Be-Cool large aluminum radiator and a Maradyne fan on temperature controlled rheostat.
  • Pertronix Ignitor Electronic Ignition with a Flame Thrower coil.
  • Electric fuel pumps. New fuel system with new aluminum fuel tank and lines

DRIVE TRAIN:

  • GM TURBO-HYDRAMATIC 700R automatic 4 speed transmission with over drive (5 speeds forward-nice)
  • The 5th gear (overdrive) at full song, kicks in at 85 mph+
  • 9' Ford C7AW-E Truck/Car Differential with Posi traction.

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES:

  • Wilwood 11" ventilated, drilled slotted rotors w/ power assist.
  • Powerful brakes needed for a fast car.
  • Wilwood 4-piston Red Calipers front & rear.
  • The stopping prowess of braking is race car quality. No fade.
  • All suspension components are either polished stainless or chrome-
  • Heidts Superide front suspension with polished stainless upper and lower control arms.
  • Power Mustang II Rack and pinion BSM Power steering.
  • Mustang II stock height spindles.
  • Heidts Coil-Over adjustable shocks with chrome springs.
  • Heidts front sway bar.
  • Ride-Tech Paralled 4 link Polished Stainless bars locating rear axel.
  • Ride-Tech coil over adjustable front and rear shocks.
  • Note: some of the photos of the suspension were taken before new wheels and tires were  in place.  There are no spacers as shown on some of the early suspension photos.  Photos of the interior were taken before adding the GM 700 Turbohydramatic transmission and may show a clutch pedal.  Final version there is no clutch pedal.

HEADLIGHTS AND TURN SIGNALS:

  • 12v turn signal controls front series of Gold LED lights across the bottom of the 12v.
  • 7" Halogen headlights and through the Blue Dot tail lights.

WHEELS AND TIRES:

  • Wheel Smith Vintage Mercury 6" front, 8" rear with original inside and outside Chrome Beauty Rings.
  • Diamond Black Classic Michelin Radials: Front 215/70R16-2.75" wide white wall Rear 265/70R16-3.25 wide white wall.
  • New Wheel Smith Vintage 6 & 8 inch wheels replaced original 4 1/2 inch wheels.
  • Wheels were made special order for this car.

CHASSIS AND BODY:

  • Rotisserie stripped and painted after suspension mounts were welded in place.
  • NO rust, NO bondo or damage history found on frame of body panels.

INTERIOR AND TOP:

  • Interior was so beautiful we left it all original except new Wilton English Red Wool Carpets and padding. . Seats were as is all red leather.
  • All new glass windows, all new chrome door handles and keyed alike door, ignition and trunk locks.
  • 12v electric wiper motors replace sluggish vacuum system.
  • Original heater and defroster work as new.
  • Top is original white with glass rear window and red piping.
  • All dash instruments work and are rheostat controlled. Clock was changed to new quartz movement and refuses to be reliable.
  • The clandestine remote controlled Sony radio/disc player works well but it takes 2nd place to the Flat Head growl at full song.

Over-All Impression: If all the above parts were laid out and assembled by master technicians you would have a factory new 1941 Mercury Convertible with 2014-2016 power and drivability. These are the features of arguably the finest unmolested 1941 Mercury Convertible on the road today. No cost limits were placed on this restoration. The owner finds excuses to drive the car daily in season. It's a delightful and dependable ride. The car acquits itself well at, or often above, legal limits. Highway driving is as if the car is on tracks. It drives straight and smooth. Limited exposure to the car show circuit was limited because of owner's infirmities. We entered one major local show; Wayzata's 50's Fever, and won "Collector's Choice and Drivability Awards." This car was also selected as "Car of the Month" (August, 2016) by Vintage Auto Garage, San Ramon, California.

All the invoices from the restoration are available for inspection. The original invoices for the car and total restoration add up to $165,000. Know this: the first person to test drive this car will buy it.  As new---none finer.  Price Reduction: $96.500 OBO.  Come and drive it, check out the Arizona title and write the check.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1020214
  • Price:$96,500 (OBO)
  • Location:Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Year:1941
  • Make:Mercury
  • Model:Convertible
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:58500
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Restoration History:Fully Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Leather
  • CD Player:Yes
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Engine History:Replaced
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive