The Mercury Eight is an automobile that was marketed by the Mercury division of Ford between 1939 and 1951. The debut model line of the Mercury division, Ford slotted the full-size Mercury Eight between the Ford Deluxe-later Custom- model lines and the Lincoln. In total, Ford assembled three generations of the Eight (before and after World War II).
During its production, the Eight offered a full range of body styles, including coupes, sedans, convertibles, and station wagons. For its first generation, the Eight was produced with its own body, adapting its own version of a Ford body for its second generation; for the third generation, the Eight shared its body with the Lincoln. For the 1952 model year, Ford expanded its namesake division to three nameplates and Lincoln and Mercury to two each, with Mercury replacing the Eight with Monterey (introduced in 1950 as a trim option), lasting until 1974.
The advertisements for this car declared it to be "The car that truly dares to ask 'Why?'", referring to the idea that a big car couldn't also be economical. The Mercury was priced in the thousand dollar range, several hundred dollars more than the Ford V-8, several hundred less than the Lincoln-Zephyr and about the same as the upper-range Oldsmobile and Dodges, Hudsons, and the lower-range Buicks and DeSotos, sales from all of which, it was hoped, the new Mercury would usurp. Its engine was a 95 hp version of the Ford flathead V8 engine, its styling was inspired by the Zephyr, and it had hydraulic brakes from the beginning. With a wheelbase of 116.0 in and an overall length of 196.0 in, it was a good-sized car, which the Ford company advertised extensively, together with its up-to-20 mpg performance-"few cars of any size can equal such economy." Double sun visors became standard in 1940. Braking was via 12-inch drums.
Although "Eight" script would not appear on the front of the hood until the 1941 model year, sales literature prominently referred to the car as the "Mercury Eight" from the very beginning. By the end of 1940 Mercury could run with the headline "It's made 150,000 owners change cars!"
This exceptional example was the subject of a ground up restoration completed in 2012, upon which it received an AACA National First at the very difficult Hershey Fall Meet, as well as a Dearborn Award in V8 Ford Club Judging. The car has remained in as restored condition having traveled only 99 miles since the restoration was completed. The car is always stored in a climate controlled environment, and driven sparingly on sunny Summer days only. In perfect running and driving condition, the car starts right up, idles smoothly, shifts and stops well, and is ready to go anywhere one would wish to drive it really. It still has many awards to receive, though. Finished in a striking Maroon with Black Canvas top with red piping, and red leather interior-this stunning car is arguably one of the finest examples of its kind.
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