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Lot 80
1948 Mercury Club Convertible


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 899A2188958

• Less than 1,000 miles since ground-up restoration
• Two-time Dearborn Award winner
• Believed three owners from new
• Equipped with a Columbia two-speed rear axle

239 cid V-8 engine, 100 HP, three-speed manual transmission, Columbia two-speed rear axle, independent front suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 118”

Post WWII, all auto manufacturers were struggling to develop the new models the buying public clamored for. One of the most successful at retaining that loyalty was Mercury, with a strong lineup of body styles and the legendary flathead V-8 that enabled the dealers to take many orders. With demand rising and lots of GIs back stateside, it’s no wonder used cars were at a premium and new designs and models were eagerly anticipated.

Finding an impressive well-restored post-war convertible like this is rare and finding one that has been comprehensively and thoroughly restored with new components is even rarer. Since the restoration was completed, it is reported that this Convertible has garnered less than 1,000 road miles. This fine 1948 Club Convertible is considered to be a favorite among Gen 2 Mercury’s. The War limited automobile manufacturers ability to build new cars, but not the desire to continually improve and fine tune a tested design.

This Mercury comes with an accurately restored 239-cubic-inch flathead V-8 engine which produces 100 horsepower. It is mated to a three-speed manual transmission, a combination that had been one of the most successful and popular powertrains in the industry. The car starts readily, idles smoothly and easily pulls highway speeds thanks to its optional Columbia two-speed rear axle. This convertible rides on the correct factory wheels and period-style whitewall tires.

The two-tone tan cloth and red leather Bedford interior have a classic look and are in excellent condition, with clean door panels and carpets throughout. The dashboard has a well varnished woodgrain-style dash, with chrome and anodized accents, AM radio, heater controls, clean gauges, cigarette lighter, defroster, and a massive analog clock. It’s a trip back in automotive history to turn the key, release the clutch, and slide on down the road in this classic interior. Adding to the fun, the next owner can pull over and drop the top for a vintage open-air motoring experience. The Haartz cloth convertible top fits as it should and comes with a matching boot cover.

This Mercury Club Convertible has a high gloss, deep Medium Luster Black paint finish that is simply spectacular. The paint was properly applied and the car has been well-cared for ever since it made its way into The Ron Thorne Collection. Before Mr. Thorne's acquisition, it is reported that this example had only been with two other owners, both from California. The front grille can only be described as epic, with its eight vertical chrome “comb” boxes, which feature four on each side of the grille.

This lovely convertible is ready to be enjoyed, whether it be a club event, concours, or a simple drive with the family. It sports a very well-executed and photo documented restoration resulting in not one, but two Dearborn awards. It stands ready to be taken out and shown with pride by its next fortunate owner.

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