For Sale: 1941 Mercury Convertible in Minnetonka, Minnesota

$65,000 (OBO)

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Vehicle Description


Offering my rare and desirable 1941 Mercury Convertible!  One of only 8157 built and one of the few left in stock configuration. This car is an original rust free car coming from the Leo Gephart Collection of Scottsdale Arizona to me with an Arizona title in the name of Leo Gephart. It appears that I am the second private owner of the car. 

It was selected as the "Car of the Month" by Vintage Auto Garage, San Ramon, California. Gephart's collection was featured in the 2008 Hemmings Classic Car Collection and won every car show it entered including the prestigious Wayzata 50's Fever Collectors Choice and Drivability Awards.

The JLR Classic Restoration Team at Minneapolis Jaguar were commissioned by the owner to repaint to the original color, re-do stainless and chrome of the car coming out of a long collector's storage period and to update the drive train with the finest modern wheels tires and electronic components available and yet maintain the original classic lines of the car regardless of the price. A nut and bolt protocol was in place during all stages of the three year restoration.

The flathead engine was upgraded to the lastest iteration of the flathead V8: the 1953 Ford Flat Head we selected increased from 65hp-221 CI in 1932 to 145 hp-336HP at 336CI, in 1953.  We dressed the 53 Flathead with Offenhauser HC polished finned heads and an Offenhauser intake manifold with two Strombeag carburetors, Sanderson Block hugger ceramic coated exhaust manifolds, with twin Porter exhaust. The electrical system was upgraded to 12v and cooling was assigned to a large Be Cool Aluminum radiator and a Maradyne fan.  Pertronix Electronic Ignition and Flame Thrower coil.  We installed new electric HD fuel pumps, all new fuel lines and new aluminum fuel tank.  The GM  700R Turbo-Hydramatic auto 4 speed tranny with OD and 9" Ford Differential with Positraction.     




  • Installed new totally rebuilt 1953 Mercury flathead. HP increased to 145 from the original 65HP. Engine was treated to a $10K rebuild by "Headquarters Machine and Restoration" during the winter of 2016-2017.  Less than 50 miles since restoration.
  •  1953 Mercury Flathead dressed with Offenhauser HC polished finned heads.
  • 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


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


  • Wilwood 11" ventilated, drilled slotted rotors w/ power assist.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 skinny inch wheels.
  • Wheels were made special order for this car by Wheel Smith and from a side view, look exactly like the original wheels.


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


  •  New Wilton English Red Wool Carpets and padding. Seats were as is original 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.
  • 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 hidden behind the center dash chrome grille.

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 2016-2018 power and drivability. These are the features of arguably the finest  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. You just point the car in the direction you want to go, and with out any conscious steering input, the car just goes there. Remarkable control. The car does well as a show car or daily driver in season.  Pulls trophies at every show. This is a very rare Mercury and would be a complement to any collection.  At age 85 it's time to release my favorite piece of Automotive History. I drove competition Formula SCCA for twenty some years in the Central division and this car is almost as much fun as that was and a whole lot cheaper.  

All the invoices from the restoration are available for inspection. The original invoices for the car and total restoration add up to >$165,000.  As new---none finer. This car has never allowed smoking; no ice or snow.  Price Reduction: $65,000 firm.  Come and drive it, check out the Arizona title and write the check. 

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1020214
  • Price:$65,000 (OBO)
  • Location:Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Year:1941
  • Make:Mercury
  • Model:Convertible
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:58500
  • Stock Number:19A
  • Trim Level:as original from factory
  • VIN:99A443653
  • Title Status:Clear
  • 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