- Conceived by Edsel Ford, 1939 was Mercury’s first year; Available as a 2- and 4-door sedan, coupe, and convertible.
- Priced to fill the gap between between Ford and Lincoln Zephyr.
- 75,000 produced; Price new: $1,018
At least seven early American car makers used the name Mercury before Ford introduced the Mercury line in its offerings for 1939. Some auto historians claim it took a number of years before Edsel Ford could convince his father Henry that the market niche between Ford cars and Lincolns should be exploited. Sharing the flathead V-8 with Fords in the beginning, the Mercury was seen as an upscale Ford for several years until Ford Motor Company reorganization produced the Lincoln-Mercury Division to change this perception.
1939 Mercury Eight
Style: 2-Door Convertible
Serial No: 9774299
Engine Size: 239 cid
Engine Cylinders: V-8
Engine BHP: 95 BHP
Transmission: Manual 3-Speed