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1949 Mercury Coupe - Click on photo for much more info
4/18/2004 Copyright 2005 Ken Leonard

1949 Mercury Coupe - Click on photo for much more info

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James Mark 15-Mar-2013 01:59
Michael Starkey 30-Aug-2011 23:43
i Have a 1949 Merc 8 v8 flat head in good running condition.Body and chrome is in good condition as well.It is a 4door with sucide rear doors.2 tone green with a few scratches but no dents.Paint is clean and shinning.No custom modifacations.Has all factory parts intact.I think the seat have been redone because they are way to clean.It looks like it just rolled out of a time machine.I,am going to sell it but have no ideal what to price it at.Does anyone know what i should start it at?Please let me know.
Bill T 09-Nov-2010 03:56
What should I expect to pay for a good condition 4 door 49 Merc?
karen kuehn 08-Oct-2010 14:49
Ken you probably sold this car....but if not can you call me
505 401 5987
Fernando 19-Mar-2010 23:11
Estupendo auto, todo un clasico.
JD 21-Feb-2010 08:04
I am interested in buying a '49,'50, or '51 Mercury, two door coupe. Ron, if it's not too late I'd like to take up that offer, and to anyone else who is selling, I am wanting to buy one. My email is
ron 01-Dec-2009 02:42
Steve Angelette......i have some 49-51 mercs and lincolns for sale if interested.
let me know
daniel r cordova 12-Aug-2009 20:32
I've started to work on a 1949 Merc. Coupe. and i'm very confident that the engine is the original engine for this car. You say there were over 301k sold how could i find out what number car this one is of the 301k?
cody 13-Jul-2009 14:43
Nice car man, i have the same one in my garage. still all stock,got the flathead and im still on a 6v system. Only thing different about my car is i have laker pipes runnning down the sides.
Ken Leonard08-Aug-2008 16:46
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Steve Angelette 20-Apr-2007 20:30
I'm interested in buying a 1949, 50, 51 Mercury 2 door coupe. If you have information on one that that is for sale Please Advise. I would prefer one that I can redo myself however I would consder one that has been restored.
Rick Johnson 14-May-2005 04:48
1949 Mercury Coupe. The 1949-51 Mercurys are perhaps the most popular Mercurys of all time. If you have read my history of the 1949 Ford elsewhere in Ken's galleres or alternative website, you would know that the 1949 Mercury was originally slated to be the first post-war Ford. But the car ultimately became the new post-war Mercury and shared body shells with the standard Lincoln line. It was the first time since the 1939 introduction of the first Mercury, that the marque was based on the Lincoln rather than the Ford. The 1949 Mercury, like the 1949 Ford, was also a great marketing success, and the tremendous public acceptance helped Ford Motor Company surpass Chrysler as the number 2 automaker behind General Motors by 1951.
With its Lincoln styling, lower prices, a more potent 255.4 cubic inch V-8 with dual download Holley carburetors developing 110 horsepower, and lower prices than 1946-48 models, Mercury sold over 301,000 '49 models and finished sixth in the industry. An amazing accomplishment, up from 16th the previous year and more than three times the sales volume of its previous best year in its 10 year history.
The 1949 Mercury had a brand new chassis with independent front suspension, Hotchkiss drive, and a live axle on parallel longtitudinal leaf springs, replacing Ford Motor Company's long-time single transverse leaf. Its flush-fender "inverted bathtub" styling was massive, yet clean and streamlined. The chrome verticle bar grille ran practically the entire width of the car with outboard aligned parking lights, and the grille was divided at the center with a thick chrome verticle bar. "M-E-R-C-U-R-Y" was spelled out above the grille on the base of the hood. Centered above the letters was the Mercury emblum. A single bright molding ran the full length of the car at mid-body. Horizontal, oval-shaped taillamps provided illumination from the rear. Mercurys came in a single series offering four body styles: Coupe, Sport Sedan with suicide rear-hinged back doors, Convertible, and an attractive two door "woody" station wagon, featuring less structural wood than previous years' four door models.
1950 and 1951 model Mercurys were based on the same Lincoln body shell and continued the sales success of the '49 models with 294,000 sold in model year 1950, and another record-breaking 310,000 plus for the 1951 model year, again achieving sixth place in the Industry. Styling remained virtually the same, except 1951 saw more prominent grille bars and verticle taillamps. 1951 also saw the introduction of a new three speed fully automatic transmission developed by Borg-Warner called "Merc-O-Matic".
It's noteworthy to mention that when the totally new 1952 Mercurys were introduced, they were once again based on the Ford platform and seemed to lose some of their individual distinctiveness as a separate marque.
Of historical significance, the 1949-51 model Mercurys were the first cars to be widely used in the custom rod craze that dates back to the early fifties and continues to be extremely popular today. These Mercurys were often "chopped" and "channeled" and nicknamed "Lead Sleds". They are also somtimes referred to as the "James Dean" Mercury. James Dean was a popular young star of the early fifties. His most famous movie was "Rebel Without A Cause" in which there were drag racing segments that featured Dean driving one of these Mercurys. He was killed in an automobile accident in 1955, and had enjoyed somewhat of a cult following ever since.
Ken's various galleries have several excellent photographs of these popular
Mercurys in both original from the factory and custom form, and including examples of the "woody" station wagon from those years.
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