Estimate: $ 45,000 - $ 50,000
- 255-cid, 110-hp flathead V-8 engine
- Manual transmission
- Unrestored original
- AACA Survivor
Not only was the 1949 Mercury Eight the division’s first postwar model, it became synonymous with rising prosperity in the United States. With its strong flathead V-8 and curvaceous style that bridged the gap between brash American and subtle European, the ’49 Merc was a hit the moment it hit dealer lots. As the Eight became “just” a used car, many were snapped up by hot rodders inspired by George Barris’ early customs.
As a result, an all-original, low-mile example like the ’49 Mercury Coupe offered here is a rare find. Well known in Antique Automobile Club of America circles, the Coupe remains as delivered nearly 70 years ago. This largely untouched Mercury’s odometer displays just 63,000 miles, which the owner believes is original. It drives like a gently enjoyed ’49 Merc, the kind you might have found on a used car lot right about the time amateur and professional customizers alike were chopping up these voluptuous coupes. Predictably, its doors still close with the solid “thunk” of a bygone era. Inside, its interior is a step back into time with its factory-correct radio, heater, and clock.
It is being presented with its original bill of sale, owner’s manual, plus numerous period sales books and documentation. Outfitted with several accessories including fender skirts, a stainless fuel filler door guard, dual exhaust pipes, a spotlight, and fog lamps, it is a highly-optioned example that certainly would have drawn eyes in a showroom in 1949.
This Mercury’s originality has also been verified by the AACA: it received the Survivor Award in 2010 and a Survivor Badge in 2013. Both certificates are included.