With the dramatic look draped over its vintage beefy form, this 1950 Mercury Eight sedan looks as if it's jumped off the pages of a graphic novel to arrive in the present day. This seldom-seen, spacious cruiser has come through the years in solid fashion and sports a very strong foundation - it's unusually well-priced and with just a little TLC, it will make the jump from high impact classic to show stopper.
You don't come across Mercury sedans dating back anywhere near as early as this '50 very often, let alone one that demands attention like this one. It was an appealing classic sedan to begin with, and some inspired customization work has left it with an aggressive front grille that sits below its wide set headlights and flames that roar backward from its front end as if it's pierced a fiery wall. Its brown metallic is a unique shade that really comes alive when exposed to the sun. Those extensive flames are no mere decals - they're painted on and have a nice, consistent texture to them. When it comes to vintage sedans, few styling cues have a “cool” factor that can equal suicide doors and the ones on display here look awesome, featuring a thick swath of chrome trim that runs across them and back to the rear fender. Take a look in back and you'll see some inspired customization work there, as well. The rear wheel covers obscure the top half of the whitewall tires, and the monochrome look of the decklid area as it transitions to the rear bumper provides a very effective custom look.
Climb in through the front half of those suicide doors and you'll see that the tan interior features a nice blending of vinyl and cloth and is in very clean condition. A little well-focused attention on some of the peripherals will transform it into a top-notch driving environment. The bench seats in front and back sport very sharp accents and, with their ample padding and nearly sofa-like proportions, are very comfortable. A generously-sized tachometer sits just behind the factory steering wheel on the column, and just beyond, the instrument cluster features intricate chrome trim and clear looking gauges which will need just a little work to get them back online. This classic is also equipped with an aftermarket air conditioning system - vents are securely positioned under the dash and a compressor sits under the hood - that, when brought back to life, will provide welcome comfort for you and your passengers. As far as classic restoration work is considered, neither of these fixes is particularly extensive. The spacious trunk area in back sports a full-size factory spare.
Raise the flamed hood and you'll find a 305 cubic inch V8 waiting in the engine bay, sporting a 4-barrel Edelbrock carb underneath a matching chrome air cleaner. It starts up easily and sends a nice exhaust note out of its Flowmaster dual exhaust to accompany its surprisingly smooth ride. The engine bay has come through the years in stock configuration, but it's still tidy and well-organized. Power brakes, featuring discs up front, bring this sizable sedan to a stop with minimal effort as it cruises the boulevard on its 15” moon-style rims outfitted with white wall tires for a properly vintage look. The undercarriage looks unusually clean and straight for a car of this era, with solid looking floor pans and straight frame rails. From that vantage point you can also see the sturdy X-bracing that gives this substantial Mercury its structural rigidity.
This 1950 Mercury Eight sedan represents the opportunity to own a very solid, attention grabbing classic for a great price. Call today!