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Lot 21
1950 Mercury Convertible
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

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Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 50SL65577M

• Body-off restoration
• Three-speed manual with overdrive
• 20-year single ownership
• 1 of only 8,341 produced


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


The automotive industry had finally gotten back on track in 1949 after the War, but, just one year later in 1950, tensions on the Korean peninsula grew and instead of vehicle sales declining, sales actually surged across the board for all manufactures and a total of 8,003,056 cars and trucks were produced. Many feared production would again be shut down and buyers did not want to wait years for a new car. Mercury recognized this trend and decided to not roll out an all-new vehicle. Instead, subtle changes came to the exterior from the previous year. New pushbutton door handles, parking lights, and placement of the word “Mercury” on the front of the hood were introduced. However, the interior changes were a bit more noticeable; a completely new instrument panel was installed, called the ‘Safe-T-Vue,’ which raised and grouped the gauges closer together. This allowed the driver to focus more on the road than the gauges. Mercury also installed a new heating and venting system that promised “living room comfort” with a complete change of air in a matter of seconds.

Even though the 1950 Mercury Convertible had very few orders when new, it still lived a famous life. It was featured on Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” TV production, and was selected to be the official pace car of the 34th Indianapolis 500. Even movie actress Jane Wayman, who was the first Mrs. Ronald Reagan, owned a '50 Mercury Convertible.

Proudly being offered with a body-off restoration performed by Mr. Thorne, comes this low production Convertible Coupe finished with a glossy black paint. The brightwork shines nicely and evenly throughout and features an optional front grille guard that blends in with the front end. It comes fitted with a stealth black convertible top for those summer drives and sits on steel wheels with full wheel discs and rides on Firestone white-wall tires.

The newly enhanced 255 cid 110 horsepower V-8 engine is backed by a three speed manual transmission. The next owner will be thrilled to know the overall driving is enhanced with a pull and twist of the optional over-drive lever which helps propel this convertible smoothly down the road at highway speeds. Other engine improvements for the ’50s model included an Econ-O-Miser carburetor, revised fan, water pump, and generator belt.

The main attraction to the interior is the light and dark blue combination of leather and gray nylon that covers the bench seating and door panels. The front and rear bench seats are in original condition and have been carefully preserved with clear plastic covers. Its new Safe-T-Vue dash featured the radio as a part of the same structure and is placed directly in the center. This 1950 Mercury also comes equipped with optional ash trays in the rear and power windows, which feature Mercury’s “Hi-Test” safety glass.

Handsomely restored and well taken care of while in The Ron Thorne Collection for the past 20 years, this Mercury Convertible Coupe with its optional overdrive will make a terrific addition to any enthusiast's stable.

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