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  • RefCode: TA1120980
  • Make: MERCURY
  • Model: EIGHT
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,940
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 23rd/24th Jun 2018 - RM Sotheby's - The Dingman Collection

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' The Dingman Collection event, 23 - 24 June 2018. Estimates:$50,000 - $75,000 Offered from the Dingman CollectionLast of the pre-war FoMoCo convertible sedansDan Krehbiel flathead engineFully detailed and ready to enjoy More than any other mass market automaker, the Ford Motor Company offered a wide range and extensive production of open body styles throughout the 1930s. Both roadster and convertible coupe configurations were catalogued through 1937, and while convertible sedans with side windows, first offered in 1935, quickly outsold open phaetons, the latter were produced through the 1938 model year. For 1939, only the convertible sedan returned, at $921 the most expensive Ford. Still, it outsold the 1938 model by 30 percent.It is natural to wonder why there was no Ford convertible sedan in 1940, but actually, the model survived: as a Mercury. Perhaps the thinking was that a prestige body of its type was better placed in the recentlyintroduced upmarket brand. Indeed, it seems a better match, for the Mercurys more powerful engine better suited the heavy body. Moreover, an even pricier sticker was justified: $1,212 (the 1940 Ford line topped out with the DeLuxe station wagon at $970). Although Mercury body style production figures in this era are difficult to find; specialist sources believe just 980 were built. It is hard to gauge whether moving the convertible sedan upmarket was a success. General Motors, which was selling convertible sedans (called, curiously, phaetons) in Cadillac, Buick, and Oldsmobile guise, was managing only a few hundred of each variety, so Mercury appears to have been competitive. The major reason for the models short life is likely the completely new bodies introduced for Ford and Mercury in 1941. Tooling up a new body for fewer than a thousand cars was probably just too expensive.This example of the short-lived and rare Mercury convertible sedan was purchased in February 2015 from Frank Bruch ofFriday Harbor, Washington. In that state from new, it had been owned by Bruch for 30 years and was well cared for. The engine has been rebuilt by flathead guru Dan Krehbiel, and it has the Columbia overdrive axle. Other features include a factory radio with windshield header antenna, hot water heater, correct fog lamps, an electric clock, and dual cowl-mounted outside mirrors. The tan canvas top and brown leather interior were done by Jerry Jenson and are in excellent condition. Upon arrival in New Hampshire, the car went to Lowreys Auto Restoration for tune-up and detailing. The black paint exhibits a deep shine, and the brightwork is all excellent. The undercarriage is spotless, and the engine compartment is clean and correctly detailed. The tires are Coker Classic radial whitewalls, in the 6.00 R16 size.This, then, was the ultimate convertible sedan from Ford Motor Company, until, of course, a comparable model was introduced by Lincoln more than 20 years later.To view this car and otherscurrently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/DM18.

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  • RefCode: TA1120944
  • Make: MERCURY
  • Model: MONTCLAIR
  • Derivative: SUN VALLEY
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,955
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 30th Aug - 2nd Sep 2018 - RM Sotheby's - Auburn Fall

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Auburn Fall event, 30 August - 2 September 2018. Estimates:$90,000 - $120,000 One of just 1,787 Sun Valleys producedUnique and futuristic Plexiglass half-roofConcours-quality restoration recently completed The Mercury Montclair Sun Valley was produced for just two years, 1955 and 1956. During that time, a reported 1,787 examples were produced. When compared to the 10,668 Montclair convertibles produced during the same period, it is clear that the Sun Valley was significantly rarer and, consequently, remains very much so today. It is believed that only a handful of such examples remain extant.The car offered here is easily one of the finest surviving examples of this limited-production Mercury. It recently underwent a comprehensive restoration to a very high standard and is elegantly finished in a medium shade of yellow with an exceptional black and cream two-tone interior with a dash in yellow to match the body. The Sun Valleys defining characteristic, thelarge tinted Plexiglass roof, bathes the entire front seat in natural light, and makes for a very pleasant driving experience without the inherent complications of a convertible top mechanism. A powerful 292-cu. in. V-8 engine, the large amount of chrome and, of course, that characteristic glass top, combine to make this a mid-century automobile lovers dream.As a fine example of an uncommon automobile, this Sun Valley is an ideal choice for participation in AACA events or local shows, or for simply enjoying on the road. Not commonly seen at car shows today, few cars provide the presence and effortless cruising of a mid-50s Mercury. In period, owning a luxury car such as a Mercury was a sure sign of success and came with a rightly deserved pride of ownership. This is an ideal opportunity to experience that same pride for yourself.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/AF18.

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