1951 Mercury Sport Sedan

It's always great to see a low mileage survivor car, especially when they have done less than 20,000 miles in 65 years! That's an average of about 300 miles per year for this 1951 Mercury Sport Sedan.

Apart from one paint job in the original Banning Blue paint and obvious changes like tires, the rest of this car is original.

This body style was introduced in 1949 and has proved very popular with customizers - so popular that it's quite refreshing to see one that hasn't been messed with. 1951 saw just a few changes such as a new grille, vertical taillights (replacing the horizontal ones from the previous two years) and some trim changes before a complete restyle for 1952. It was the last year for split windshields and suicide doors too.

1951 Mercury Sport Sedan - side view

Side view - the last year for suicide doors

The car still has its original interior with gray broadcloth wool upholstery. While not currently working it does have its original radio which was a $84 option.

1951 Mercury Interior

Original interior

Power comes from a 255.4 cubic inch V8 with 2-barrel carburetor producing 112 horsepower. This one is lovely and tidy under the hood - not surprising with so few miles on the clock.

1951 Mercury V8

255.4 cubic inch V8 with only 20,000 miles.

The '51 Mercury was 206.8" long with a wheelbase of 118" and was 76.9".

Primary competition would have come from cars like the Buick Special, Dodge Meadowbrook, Pontiac Cheiftain Deluxe and Studebaker Commander among a few others.

The Sport Sedan was the most popular Mercury for the 1951 model year, selling 157,648 cars at a base price of $2,189. If you wanted a heater they were extra too, at $64.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

Cars of the 50s

Cars of the 50s by Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Absolutely lovely book crammed full of color photographs and interesting facts.

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