• Quality restoration that remains highly attractive
• Well-equipped with power windows, radio, and overdrive
• Rare, original-specification Vassar Yellow paint finish
• Proper finishes, components, and accessories
255 cid L-head V-8 engine, 112 HP at 3,600 rpm, single two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 118"
Little did Ford Motor Company executives realize in 1948 that the new and soon-to-be released 1949 Mercury models would almost instantly become a favorite of car enthusiasts and customizers virtually everywhere. Californians, especially Sam Barris, first discovered how this Mercury’s ideal proportions and modern styling lent themselves so well to a host of custom tweaks. James Dean would later drive a black 1949 Mercury in the 1950s classic film “Rebel Without a Cause” that was nosed, decked, and lowered. Custom Mercs were quite common during the era, but following the film, the “lost generation” of teenagers in the 1950s embraced the 1949-1951 Mercury as a bold symbol of the times.
Originally advertised as “Not a new model” but rather, “…the All-New Mercury,” it was completely re-engineered and equipped with modern independent front suspension. Stylistically, the basic Mercury body design was taken from the latest Lincoln, rather than the newest Ford. Not just a poser, there were plenty of aftermarket performance parts available for the venerable Flathead Ford V-8 and on the track, Mercury captured a pair of NASCAR victories in 1951, enhancing the marque’s fast-growing “hot car” image.
Assembled at Dearborn on November 14, 1950, this handsome 1951 Mercury Convertible was quite rare when new and much more so today as one of only 6,759 examples originally produced. It continues to benefit handsomely from a quality older restoration that was clearly performed with close attention paid to authenticity and factory-correctness even before Bobby Monical purchased. Refinished in its original Vassar Yellow, the Mercury is well appointed with full wheel covers, color-matched rear fender skirts, and rocker panel moldings with fender mounted gravel guards. To the rear of the car is another set of gravel guards, a scratch protector for the fuel-filler door, and a pair on back-up lights mounted on the deck lid. The black fabric convertible top is well fitted and enhances the car’s iconic lines.
The interior features durable leather seating surfaces in saddle brown in a very elegant stitching pattern. The unique dashboard is fitted with the original instrument cluster, which is bright and easy to read, plus the original pushbutton AM radio, clock, and heater/defroster controls. A simple, authentic style black rubber mat covers the floors. Passenger comfort is enhanced with power windows, which were standard equipment on this upscale Mercury convertible.
Under the hood sits the Mercury Flathead V-8 engine, finished in authentic green and retaining its factory six-volt electrical and charging system and original-specification “8CM” cylinder heads. Proper factory decals are present on the oil-bath air cleaner, with the Holley 885 two-barrel carburetor properly mounted beneath it. The three-speed manual transmission is fitted with overdrive for enjoyable and stress-free cruising. Remaining very attractive and benefiting from attentive care and proper storage in the Bobby Monical Collection, this splendid 1951 Mercury convertible is ready to be driven and enjoyed, thanks to occasional use that has kept all of its systems up and running properly. Everything on this car is understood to be in working order with the possible exception of the clock. Finding an unadulterated, unmodified, and well-restored example of a top-of-the-line Mercury from the 1949-1951 era is akin to finding a treasure chest of postwar Americana, with its bold styling, capable V-8 powertrain, and enduring looks.
1951 Mercury Convertible
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