Sunday, February 12, 2012

1940 Mercury Eight

For its second year in existence, Mercury only proposes minor modifications to its car, which now enters in its "09A" series. Nevertheless a new variant is unveiled, the Mercury Eight convertible sedan, but four-door open cars, whichever their manufacturers can be, only meet confidential success in 1940.

Mercury's 1940 range includes a single line: Mercury Eight.

Mercury Eight
After a promising first season on the market, the new Mercury returns almost unchanged, apart perhaps for its new headlights and the switch from a floor-mounted gear lever to a new control on the steering column (dubbed the “Finger-Tip Gearshift”) following Detroit’s present trend. Mercury’s range is also extended by the addition of a new body style, the production of the convertible sedan being transferred from Ford to its new middle-price brand. A convenient device now added to the Mercury convertible coupe is a power top which allows its passengers to enjoy the sun or protect themselves from the rain through a simple switch mounted on the dashboard.
Introduction: November 1938. Construction: body on separate chassis. Engine: water-cooled V-8, 3.9-litre, 95 hp, mounted at the front. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual gearbox. Suspension: rigid axles at the front and the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Length: 498 cm. Top speed: n/a. Range: two-door sedan-coupe, two-door sedan, four-door town sedan, two-door club convertible, four-door convertible sedan.

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