1940 Mercury Eight Convertible Coupe
A unique modernized, non-cookie cutter, classic street rod professionally built with a rust-free original show car. Where rarity and desirability combine to create value, this epitome of beautiful 'fat-fender' curves was recognized in a 2014 NSRA Street Scene magazine when entered in the Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals. This tastefully modified, well engineered rendition of the second and final year of the first generation Mercury -described by its Ford designer Bob Gregorie as "more important looking" (with it's longer hood, wider body, and fuller, better proportioned fenders) than the "stubby appearance" of it's smaller FORD cousin- is a beautiful unique example of a pre-war 'fat-fender' survivor. The modernized, lowered, mild California raked stance, all-Ford drive-train and chassis consists of modified/reinforced orig. X-frame accommodating a 1989 Mustang GT 5.0 H O(Mass Air injected), highway gearing: AOD w/trans cooler, Lincoln Versailles (9" rear, parallel leafs, Mustang II IFS and 2014 front brake upgrade to Wilwood heavy duty finned 11" rotors to improve the power 4 wheel discs. Care was taken to preserve the Art Deco originality of the dashboard instruments in addition to the working rotating antenna, adapting the orig. steering column and shifter to a trans. shift kit and power steering (integrating a modified '42 Mercury steering wheel with horn ring to maintain it's period look). Vintage Air, TEA's Design seats, seat belts (3 pt. front, lap rear), LED taillights and third brake/running light enhance comfort and safety. The all important wheel treatment was addressed in 2013 by mounting the Diamond Back radials on 15" powder coat 'big & little' steelies to accommodate the Merc. caps unique to 1940 with trim rings. This classic's convertible value is bolstered by it's distinct look whether top down or up. When up, the 'blind quarter' premium fabric top enhances it's pre-war convertible coupe appeal. The well cared for 55k miles is consistent with the good condition paint (w/some flaws) of this mechanically sound reliable driver. With it's great sounding custom dual exhaust -not too loud- and it's vintage beauty, you will thoroughly enjoy the experience of head turning cruisin' and car show interest in the uniqueness of this pre-war gem. A set of vintage steel skirts, digital graphics for a '40 Merc tribute T-shirt, the Street Scene photo issue, and orig. 1940 Mercury brochure are included. Asking $55,900. Please call 719-547-2021 for details.