Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1947 Mercury 79M
1947 was to be an interesting year in our history as we saw a gallon of gas at 15 cents, Harry S. Truman was our president, inventions such as the Polaroid camera, and the transistor came to the forefront, the Cold War began as US and Russia fought for world dominance, and Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier.
For consignment, Mercury's sister car to the Ford Super Deluxe. Having done some tours out west and even drove a lap on the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway this car is ready to be driven and enjoyed. Sporting plenty of chrome, Taffy Tan paint, a LeBarron Bonney interior, and a later model Ford 8BA Flathead V8 this car shows very nicely. A few faults, but overall clean as a whistle. If you are into cars that have large slabs of curved steel, big chrome, and some neat history, have we got a car for you!
Starting at the nose we note a two-tiered grille framed at its bottom with a large chrome bumper, all in good condition. Moving upward, we see a bulbous hood with a chrome hood ornament that resembles an electric shaver, and drips slightly downward at the very front of the hood. Flanking the hood are the large bezeled turn signals. Finally, at the edge are single headlights. These are the start of a wonderful round curved front fender, which is wrapped with dual chromed spears that run the length of the fender and pick back up on the equally as curved rear fender. Just for the heck of it, let's throw on some accent trim on top of the front fender. Another higher chromed spear starts at the hood, and streaks rearward over the doors and curves gently downward above the rear fender. Speaking of which, these are embellished with the continuation of the beltline dual spear which culminates at the back in the form of a taillight bezel. We also note a front protective black fender protector, and sexy fender skirts that emulate the curve of the rear fender. Nice rocker trim and down below this menagerie of chrome and Taffy Tan paint are body colored steel wheels with Mercury moon caps wrapped in older bias ply wide white wall rubber. Rounding out the body is a nice split windshield lurking under a tan visor. Overall, the Taffy Tan paint is good, and has some scratches and slight crazing, but it retains a beautiful shine.
Green door panels in smooth vinyl are bedecked with chrome trim spears, a horizontal stitch line and a vinyl and cloth armrest. Above this vinyl is a herringbone pattern green and gray cloth section and below is a low pile carpet section in gray. Spattered within the door panels are very nice chromed cranks with cream bakelite bezels and knobs. Seen on top of the door is a lightly worn and chipped steel panel. Moving inside sitting in a sea of nicely preserved gray carpet with a rubber and cloth mat added for protection. More green and gray herringbone broadcloth covers the seating surfaces, and green smooth vinyl bolstered split back bench that stretches from door to door. Upfront is a beautiful art deco design dash, with more exterior matching Taffy Tan steel and in the center, a silverish tan panel which houses the speedometer and a clock, as well as the radio and speaker. To the left of the speedometer is a horizontal band of aluminum which has rectangular metering gauges. On the right is a Mercury badged glovebox. Several cream bakelite knobs protrude from the bottom of the dash, as does a tan steering column, and massive bakelite wheel. Noted is a rear bench in matching style of the front seat. Also, the trunk has been fully restored.
Smack dab in the middle of a patinaed but restored engine bay is a 239ci V8 bathed in dark blue with a single 2-barrel carburetor protected by an oil bath air cleaner. A 3-speed manual transmission is on back and throws power rearward to 3.78 rear gears. We note that the car has been converted to a 12-volt electrical system with a voltage reducer installed to operate the factory gauges.
Spatterings of road dirt, patina, undercoating, and surface rust grace this underside. A strong frame gives support to rust free floor pans and body hangers all looking good. Minor invasive rust is noted on the passenger's inner rocker and signs of repairs are present on the driver's side. Posies reverse eye transverse leaf springs are on giving a lower ride height and drum brakes are on all 4 corners. Fenton headers send spent fumes to the rear of the car via a pair of Smithy's mufflers.
A quick cranker and starter thanks in part to the 12-volt conversion. A very nice ride, a great cruiser. The steering was a breeze once you get it going but needs some muscle when it is in a tight spot, typical for a large car with no power steering and the brakes bring this car to a stop in a straight line. We did note that the ammeter, radio, and heater are not working, all of which was noted to us by
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