Beautiful Drop Top: 1941 Mercury Eight Convertible

The Mercury Eight was introduced for the 1939 model year, slotted between the Ford Custom and Lincoln lines as a mid-priced option to compete with Buick, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and the like. It was offered in a range of body styles, one of which being the convertible you see here. This 1941 example is currently for sale here on our very own Barn Finds Classifieds, with an asking price of $32,500.

The first generation of Mercury Eight ran for only two years, 1939-1940. This one featured here is from the first year of the second generation, which benefitted from engineering improvements as well as an updated style. Our Merc received a body-off restoration a few years back, and the seller has only put 100 miles on it since receiving it as a gift back in 2016, bringing the cumulative mileage to only 3,450. The body itself looks to be in great condition, although the photos aren’t of the highest quality. The body panels look straight, the paint is glossy, and the chrome trim shines nicely. This car comes with quite a few options, including a spotlight and amber fog lights. The seller says the paint and interior colors are correct for the car, which means this is what it would have looked like when it rolled off the line 80 years ago. Even the 1941 plates are included with the sale.

The interior of this Merc is naturally in very good condition as well. The front and rear seats, as well as the door panels, are finished in simple blue leather to complement the exterior paint color. Vinyl is often a better choice for convertibles in case any rain were to ever get inside, but I can’t imagine this car will see much rainy weather action! The flooring is covered in a beige rubber-looking material, which accents the power-operated convertible top. The dash is simple yet classy, with a wood grain finish, a clock in front of the passenger, a heater box, and basic gauges for the driver.

The Mercury Eight name is due to the powertrain being a 3-speed column-mounted manual transmission paired with Ford’s venerable 239 cubic inch Flathead V8, which puts out around 95 hp. The car has been stored in a building for a while and comes with a new battery, but we aren’t told if it’s currently running and driving. I’d assume it will only take some fresh gas to fire right up, and with very few miles on a high-quality restoration, the new owner should be able to enjoy it immediately.


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  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    How good is this one? Beautiful!

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  2. Billy banana

    I desire to this automobile

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  3. David JMII

    It’s Grease Lighting!

  4. princeofprussia

    Plymouth was Chrysler’s cheapy; it did not compete against Mercury, which was a mid-line series, but rather with Ford and, at GM, Chevrolet. Mercury competed more directly with Desoto, Dodge and entry-level Chryslers, as well as Oldsmobile and Buick.

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  5. princeofprussia

    This is a real beauty! I also like the smile emoji under the dash! LOL!

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    • Bellingham Fred

      The kind of smile that makes you warm all over.

  6. Bob McK Member

    When I was a kid, the teens LOVED these cars. Now I am old, I do too.

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  7. Joe Haska

    This is a rare car that appears to be in great shape. I only wish I could buy it. The price is more than fair for this era convertible. Someone is going to get a great buy, I just wish it was me.

  8. t-bone BOB

    Location: Madera, California

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