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Lot 34
1950 Mercury Club Coupe


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection


• Believed to have 36,815 original miles
• Beautiful restoration retaining its original seats
• Ready to be driven and enjoyed at local events

255 cid V-8 engine, 110 HP, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 118”

Like the Fords of the year, the Mercury models saw little to no change from the pervious year. Subtle changes came to the exterior like pushbutton door handles, new parking lights, a design change to the grille and the word ‘Mercury’ placed in chrome on the front of the hood. However, the interior changes were more noticeable; a completely new instrument panel was installed, which was marketed as the “Safe-T-Vue”. The new panel grouped the gauges closer together and were raised, allowing the driver to a have better view. Mercury also installed a new ventilating system that promised “living room comfort” with a complete change of air in a matter of seconds. The new improvements would pay off as Mercury produced 151,489 automobiles making it one of their best production years in company history.

Best known to collectors as a James Dean style Merc, because of his role in the movie ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ and the black ’49 Mercury Coupe he drove, presents this almost identical in appearance 1950 Mercury Coupe. Mr. Thorne acquired the car over two decades ago to match his black 1950 Mercury Convertible Coupe that was already in his collection, his reason being, “they are beautiful cars to own, and it only seemed fitting to have the pair together”. During his ownership, he treated the car to a delightful restoration that brought its glossy black paint back to a brilliant shine. The entire body is smooth and straight, and the chrome shows no pitting and excellent shine throughout. Its simple exterior is enhanced by multiple dealer options which include fender skirts, dual outside mirrors and a chrome grille guard.

The original two-tone Bedford Cord upholstery is in very good condition and the front bench seat is preserved with a custom fitted clear seat cover. The bulk of the dash is finished in Trojan Gray and sparkles when hit by the sunlight. The dash displays an AM radio, clock and gauges for the battery, fuel, oil and temperature.

The 255 cid V-8 engine is tried and proven, producing 110 horsepower, and with the overdrive transmission can easily keep up with modern day speeds. It has all the period correct components under the hood, including FoMoCo hoses and a correct heavy duty air cleaner. Its blend of originality and restoration is enough to satisfy any car enthusiast. With a trusted V-8 engine, smooth look and feel, and believed to have just under 37,000 miles, this Mercury Club Coupe still has many new places to visit and roads to travel with its next owner.

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