Mileage shown: 68,966
Engine: 239 cu in Flathead V8
Transmission: 3 Speed manual
Built during first year for car production and sales following WWII, this Mercury Convertible Coupe is one of 6,044 convertibles produced by Mercury for the 1946 model year. The post-war model shared sheet metal and the flathead V-8 with Ford but the very distinctive chrome-laden front end and other interior appointments gave Mercury enough identity and appeal to put this more expensive model in 12th place in America’s auto production for 1946.
This car is an excellent candidate for a full restoration, but with work to the brakes, could be it could be a fun driver as is.
The flathead V8 engine is complete, runs smooth and the transmission shifts in all gears. The front and rear seat upholstery is in good condition and the door panels are presentable, dash instruments complete, radio, heater, the dash trim and all the interior hardware is present. The body and floors are very solid overall. There is some rust visible in the rocker panels behind the doors and at the very rear of the front fenders.
This car has been repainted white at some point. It appears the original color was dark blue or black. The top is black and in very nice condition. The power top mechanism is present on car but not operable – the rams are disconnected from the top frame so that the top can be razed and lowered manually.
This car for driving will require a complete brake rebuild – the handbrake does work. The stainless trim is complete but pieces have some dings. All hub caps and trim rings present, the bumpers are straight and include the rare bumper end trim front and rear.
The car comes with a clear title and is not currently licensed for street driving. This Mercury would be a worthwhile restoration project because of its rarity.