1947, 3 Owner Mercury Eight Convertible

Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1947 Mercury Other Model (not listed)
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Category  Classic Cars

1947 Mercury Eight Convertible Purchased new in 1947 by Calvin Crosby in Watertown NY. The second owner was from New Hampshire and about 45 years ago, the current owner bought the car. Roughly 15 years ago he had the car shipped out and fully restored. Upon return, he drove the car regularly and was well known around town not only for this immaculate Mercury but also for his antique tractor collection. Over the last few years though, with his health in a slight decline, he drove the .....
Merc less and less. Unfortunately, he passed away not long ago and now the estate is selling this wonderful automobile. The car starts easily, runs and drives well. The odometer shows 47K miles and that is believed to be correct. The original, 239 Ford V8 puts out roughly 100 HP and moves the car along nicely through the three speed manual transmission. Dual exhaust gives this car a great flat head V8 rumble. Hydraulic drum brakes bring the car to a hault. The car shows only some minor oxidation on the painted frame and suspension components and is completely rot free. Tires are BF Goodrich Silvertown 6.70x15. The interior is in very good condition, having been restored with the car in the original Naugahyde, and includes optional under dash heat. The original gauges work correctly and the power convertible top works as it should and is in very good condition as well. The car does have a couple of foibles... The fender top trim is missing as is the original radio. The family thinks they may be able to find the missing items and if found they will most certainly will go with the car. There are also a couple of chips in the paint. This car is ready to enjoy immediately and can be taken out to shows, cruise nights etc and as a less seen Mercury, with the different grill and additional chrome/shiny bits, will definitely draw attention. Asking price on this great example is $31,000 Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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