Fat-fendered streetrods don't get much cooler than this 1946 Mercury coupe dressed in beautiful pearl white paint. These rare cars offer full-sized comfort and distinctive good looks, making them some of the most popular for a full makeover like this. With a Ford 302 V8 underneath, this one also drives as good as it looks and keeps Blue Oval fans happy with its pure FoMoCo DNA.
The first thing you notice about this big, Pearl White Mercury is that all the bodywork is stock-spec, .....
despite very distinct, curvaceous lines that give this car a very timeless look and feel. It's not all perfect, but there's enough clues to show that some skilled metalworkers were behind the build, and the way it comes together makes the upgrades underneath entirely invisible. The effect of that lowered stance is that the formerly chunky '46 Merc shape looks lean and sleek, with a distinctively muscular crouch. The '46s were essentially warmed-over '42s (there was a bit of skirmish overseas as you might recall, and production cars were halted), but there's still plenty of eye-ball appeal, including the smoothed hood and deck lid, polished grille with striking inserts, and the bright bumpers fore and aft. Running boards were gone, but you can see a hint of them in the lower body styling, and the way the body fits together, you'll spend more time looking at details than defects, because even though it's not a brand new build, this coupe still looks awesome. The beautiful oval rear window is one of the car's best features, and it ties in neatly with the rectangular factory taillights.
The upgraded interior is art rendered in acres of stylish yet sturdy tweed that looks upscale and inviting. Bucket seats from a late model form the foundation, and the rest of the sculpted interior was formed around them. Matching hides cover the artfully designed door panels, the seats, and the custom center console, and the backseat area is still big enough for three passengers in a pinch. The original dash was retained, including the original gauges, although an aftermarket SunPro tachometer was added underneath to mind the revs of the powerful small block motor ahead. The R134a A/C controls were neatly integrated under the dash in the center stack and there's a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo neatly installed in the center of the dash that sounds great. A slick leather-wrapped polished aluminum steering wheel hangs on a tilt column and nicely stitched gray carpets would look just as at home in a Lexus as they do here. There's also a giant trunk that's been upholstered to match the interior and looks ready for a road trip.
A Ford 302 cubic inch V8 provides motivation, and there are few better choices for your vintage Ford than the venerable 5.0. Clearly built to run, it features a big Holley 4-barrel carburetor, dual exhaust, and an updated ignition system, all dressed up with billet details that make it sparkle. A serpentine belt drive system ensures reliability up front and there's a giant aluminum radiator with an electric fan keeping the small block nice and cool. The independent front suspension includes power steering, power disc brakes, and sturdy shocks and springs, while out back an original-style rear end handles the torque. A C4 3-speed automatic transmission makes for easy cruising and unbeaten reliability, and it rolls on a set of handsome US Mag wheels with low-profile 215/65/17 front and 255/60/17 rear rubber that looks right.
Professionally built for a figure that was surely well above the asking price, this seldom-seen Mercury streetrod will always be the center of attention. Call today!