Sunday, February 12, 2012

1941 Mercury Eight

As the Fords, the Mercurys are updated for 1941. All mechanical parts remain the same but their bodies are entirely new, and are now common to both brands. This allow for a larger variety of body styles at Mercury.

Mercury's 1941 range includes a single line: Mercury Eight.

Mercury Eight
After two years on the market, the Mercury models enjoy a subtle redesign, as the Fords do. The silhouette is similar, though longer and wider. The bonnet is flatter, the wings more square, while the chromed grille is of much larger proportions. Ford having increased its chassis length by two inches, Mercury follows suit to maintain its advantage. Otherwise, all the mechanical parts of the previous generation are carried over. Due to its lack of success, the convertible sedan disappears, but two new body styles are unveiled: a business coupe, a salesman’s favourite that is also available with two auxiliary seats at the back; and a station wagon which body is constructed from maple and birch.
Introduction: Late 1940. 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: 514 cm. Top speed: n/a. Range: two-door business coupe, two-door coupe, two-door sedan-coupe, two-door sedan, four-door town sedan, two-door club convertible, four-door station wagon.

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