All handles where home made. The engine was a that produced slightly more power than the then also newly designed. He had an early one and the radio speaker on the dash was chrome and it would reflect the sun right into the drivers eyes. The 1949 model year was a big one for the American automakers, with major product changes nearly across the board. Side pipes where made from bent aluminum tubing which rest in custom made sheet styrene housings. Styling changes were slight in 1947. They sold well in their day, but originality can be a challenge now since early Mercs were popular choices among period hot rodders.
The roof line was also lowered and the paint customized. This is one of only 2 kits I have built box-stock because what was included was so comprehensive. The Mercury was priced in the thousand dollar range, several hundred dollars more than the Ford V-8, several hundred less than the and about the same as the upper-range and , , and the lower-range and , sales from all of which, it was hoped, the new Mercury would usurp. Mercury received all new, true postwar styling starting with the 1949 model year, and nearly everything was changed when compared to the 1948 models. Running boards were now completely concealed under flared door bottoms.
But those bodies are very tall with a raised roof and are hard to customize with the right proportions. The dashboard was made using a 41 Lincoln Monogram kit dash panel combined with the stock 49 Mercury unit and lots of small pieces from the scrap box, to create a jukebox style dash. Again, nearly 300,000 Mercurys sold this year. I remember the 1949 Ford very well. Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975.
The Lincoln model of that year also came out with a clearly new design. Whether insuring a priceless historical vehicle or a weekend cruiser, no one knows more about insuring collector cars then Grundy. An interesting note is that the Mercury brand was an all new creation as opposed to the Lincoln brand which was acquired by Ford in 1922. It should be noted that the 1949 Mercury model came out in April of 1948 which adversely effected the 1948 figures. The car went on sale earlier that normal in 1948. I was not in on the build, but may be able to answer relevant questions. Output was halted in February 1942 as American auto plants were converted to the exclusive production of war material.
Only 205 examples of it were produced and it was discontinued the following model year. This was competitive with offerings from Buick, Oldsmobile, and Chrysler, and DeSoto. The front pillars were made slimmer and the windshield was widened, deepened, and angled more steeply. For centuries people are inspired to built beautiful cars. The full size lead sled typically has the suspension altered and rides quite low. Horsepower was increased to 100. The company responded with the fixed, pillarless hardtop, first on the 1949 Buick Riviera, Cadillac Coupe DeVille, and Oldsmobile Holiday.
Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. Parking lights were separate and set atop the fenders for greater visibility. All models of the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury lines came out with much more modernized designs in 1949. I believe we have the original Mercury hubcaps. With a wheelbase of 116. Across the industry, vestigal running boards and clamshell fenders had all but disappeared and now, flow-through fenders and full-width, envelope bodies were the new normal. One is a Merc I chopped and customized.
Early 1950s Mercurys are a good bet for a starter collectible, being usable daily drivers with good colors and modest proportions when compared to later years. The front suspension was independent with stabilizer bars. This is a very detailed skill 3 kit with small details down to the horns and steering box, so I recommend you be experienced or detail-oriented to achieve the best outcome. It had thin vertical bars surrounded by a trim piece painted the same color as the car. Perhaps the hardest part of this kit may be deciding which of the many options to use for your build. It featured wood body panels. Within its era and beyond, the Mercury Eight was popular with customizers.
The cargo bay was covered with real wood covered in many clear coats, for a high gloss look. 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. The most distinctive new Mercury was the Sportsman convertible. American Cars, 1946-1959 Every Model Every Year. The most commercially successful vehicle he designed was the Mighty Mite light general purpose military vehicle. I thought it was the best looking car on the road and I was totally taken with the car.