1947 Mercury Eight Convertible
1947 was to be an interesting year in our history as we saw a
gallon of gas at 15 cents, Harry S. Truman was our president,
inventions such as the Polaroid camera, and the transistor came to
the forefront, the Cold War began as US and Russia fought for world
dominance, and Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier.
For consignment, Mercury's sister car to the Ford Super Deluxe.
Sporting plenty of chrome, dark red paint, and an applique wood
dash top and upper door trims, this car shows very nicely. A few
faults, but overall clean as a whistle. If you are into cars that
have large slabs of curved steel, big chrome, and happen to be a
convertible, have we got a car for you!
Starting at the nose we note a two-tiered grille framed at its
bottom with a large chrome bumper, all in good condition. Moving
upward, we see a bulbous hood with a chrome hood ornament that
resembles an electric shaver, and drips slightly downward at the
very front of the hood. Flanking the hood are the large bezeled
turn signals. Finally, at the edge are single headlights. These are
the start of a wonderful round curved front fender, which is
wrapped with dual chromed spears that run the length of the fender
and pick back up on the equally as curved rear fender. Just for the
heck of it, let's throw on some accent trim on top of the front
fender. Another higher chromed spear starts at the hood, and
streaks rearward over the doors and curves gently downward above
the rear fender. Speaking of which, these are embellished with the
continuation of the belt line dual spear which culminate at the
back in the form of a taillight bezel. We also note a front
protective black fender protector, and sexy fender skirts that
emulate the curve of the rear fender. Nice rocker trim, more chrome
in the form of wheel covers and wide white bias ply tires finish
the bottom. Up above this menagerie of chrome and Dark Red paint is
a very nice tan cloth convertible top complete with a glass rear
window. Overall the Dark Red paint is good, and has some scratches
and slight crazing, but it retains a beautiful shine.
Dark brown door panels in smooth vinyl are bedecked with a thin
panel running the length of the door and is in a basket weave
pattern in cream and dark brown. Spattered within the door panels
are very nice chromed cranks with cream bakelite bezels and knobs.
Seen on top of the door is some wood grained applique. Moving
inside sitting in a sea of nicely preserved tan carpet, a
broadcloth insert, and brown smooth vinyl bolstered split back
bench that stretches from door to door. Upfront is a beautiful art
deco design dash, with more dark wood applique, and an exterior
matching red metal panel in the center which houses the speedometer
and a clock, as well as the radio(inoperable) and speaker. To the
left of the speedometer is a horizontal band of aluminum which has
rectangular metering gauges. On the right is a Mercury badged
glovebox. Several cream bakelite knobs protrude from the bottom of
the dash, as does a cream steering column, and massive bakelite
wheel. Noted is a rear bench in matching style of the front seat.
Also, the trunk has been fully restored.
Smack dab in the middle of a restored engine bay, is a 239ci V8
with a single 2-barrel carburetor protected by an oil bath air
cleaner. A 3-speed manual transmission is on back, and throws power
rearward to 3.54 rear gears.
There are clean undercarriages and there is this one, which has not
seen an inclement weather since the restoration. Also, it has the
advantage of spending a lot of time in Las Vegas, as that is where
she's from. Transverse leaf spring and drum brakes are on all 4
We had to crank this one a little before it gave in, but once going
it ran smoothly. Very nice ride, a great cruiser. We also noted
that there is some definite noise in the transmission during 2nd
and 3rd gear usage. Steering was a breeze once you get it going but
needs some muscle when it is in a tight spot, typical for a large
car with no power steering.
A very nice example of the 47 Merc. Oodles of chrome, nice paint
with a few faults, beautiful interior and a pristine convertible
top. Another shout out to the undercarriage which just gleams
underneath. You are getting a very structurally sound car with this
one. Turn the radio to play Peg O' My Heart by the Harmonicats, and
we will head to the VFW for dinner.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 450 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.