For Sale: 1940 Mercury Eight in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

This lovely 1940 Mercury Eight Convertible coupe represents one of the earliest Mercurys, a beautiful vehicle that is ready to tour and enjoy. Designed to bridge the gap between the Ford Deluxe and the Lincoln Zephyr, the Mercury was introduced in late 1938 and was instantly popular with those that wanted something a little bit different that the rest of the crowd. Although the Ford family resemblance is clear, the Mercury cousin rode on a unique frame, shared no body panels with any Ford, and was powered by a larger 239 cubic inch flathead V8 that made an extra 10 horsepower. This custom build stays faithful to that 'extra special' spirit, and it includes an upgraded 350 V8 drivetrain, a custom suspension, lowered stance, gorgeous Pearl White paint, and comfortable two-tone A/C interior. Take a closer look, this is a very rare bird indeed...

Finished in traditional Pearl White, this gorgeous Merc shows you why original-style colors always look best on old cars. Showing a lovely soft glow that is entirely appropriate, the paint and bodywork on this car are very good throughout, with the only real demerits being simply age-related. It's an older build, likely from the late-'90s if we're to follow the vehicle history report, and although it does show signs of use and age today, it's still quite the looker in person. It's got a very period-correct aura, with paint that shines up great but isn't too perfect, excellent panel fit, and details that make the car look very upscale. It is also loaded with bling, including that gorgeous split front grille, the slashing angled hood trim, and the end-to-end profile trim piece that gives the car an even longer profile look. The running boards have been restored using the proper textured rubber, and with the top down this Merc has off-the-charts curb appeal. This is a car that will get a lot of appreciative second-glances, one because it's not quite a 1940 Ford, and two, because it's just so beautifully executed.

Two-tone maroon-and-cream leather was the material of choice inside, where the interior has been artfully crafted to offer modern levels of comfort. Low-back bucket seats up front are every bit as comfortable as they look, and although the car was finished some years ago, it shows only minor signs of use and age. In fact, the comfort marks on the leather might even enhance the inviting look, don't you think? The door panels were upholstered to match and the painted dash is a beautifully matched piece of art, housing an array of factory instruments, lots of aluminum accents, and a modern Kenwood AM/FM/Cd/AUX head unit. Note how carefully integrated things like the A/C vents and controls for the power windows/locks/seats are, and the custom center console down the middle is bespoke piece that houses a couple auxiliary gauges and cup holders. Custom carpets in a matching dark maroon with thick piping give it an upscale look, and a tilt column with a leather-wrapped LeCarra banjo wheel looks right in the vintage cockpit. A snug-fitting maroon canvas convertible top is power actuated, but folds easily into the well behind the rear seats where it's hidden under a matching maroon boot. Even with the top down, the trunk is commodious thanks to the 4-inch wheelbase stretch compared to a Ford, and it has been fully carpeted for a luxurious look.

Ford's justifiably famous flathead was heavily revised for use in the Mercury, effectively bridging the horsepower gap between the standard V8 and the Zephyr's V12 without added complexity. With that big horsepower pedigree in mind, the builders knew they had to go big or go home to keep this Merc's high-powered spirit alive, so when it came time to transplant the car's heart they chose wisely and installed a strong 350 V8. Beautifully dressed in loads of chrome and polished pieces, it's a powerful small block that's assisted through a polished Edelbrock intake, big Holley 4-barrel carburetor, Hooker headers, and an HEI ignition. Chrome Edelbrock valve covers and a matching air cleaner get most of the attention, but in addition the chrome brackets, neatly wrapped and organized plumbing, a big Walker radiator, and smoothed and painted inner fenders and firewall mean this engine bay is ready to be shown off with great pride. Underneath, the chassis has been reinforced with a Mustang II front clip that features power steering and power front disc brakes, upgraded shocks and springs throughout, and a heavy-duty rear end. A great-sounding dual exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers gives it a wonderful soundtrack, and the rolling stock includes traditional painted steelies adorned with Mercury hubcaps and beauty rings, all of which are wrapped in thin whitewall radials that finish the look perfectly.

With a dialed-in build and plenty of performance, this is a very rare pre-war Mercury convertible that's one of the most exciting cars we've ever had the pleasure to feature. Rare birds like this never last long. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1940 Mercury Eight
  • Listing ID:CC-1540914
  • Price:$46,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1940
  • Make:Mercury
  • Model:Eight
  • Exterior Color:Pearl White
  • Interior Color:Maroon
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:39142
  • Stock Number:5142-DFW
  • VIN:09A766843

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