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1940 Mercury Sedan

Frame Off Built Sedan 4.6L Supercharged V8 6 Speed
Stock #
134740
Body Style
Sedan
Engine
4.6 Liter Supercharged V8
Exterior Color
Blue
Interior Color
Red
Miles
8212

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  • 550hp 4.6L Saleen supercharged V8
  • Covered in Marina Blue
  • 4-wheel power disc brakes
  • Saleen 6-speed manual transmission
  • All steel body
  • 15" painted Steel rims
  • Strange Engineering 9-inch rear axle with 3.90 rear differential
  • Coil-over front suspension

If any car epitomized the term “sleeper” in our inventory, it would be this 1940 Mercury Sedan. If you are more a fan of the Muscle car era, you might not ever take a look at this beautifully restored Merc. On the outside it appears to be 100% original, and even the interior incorporates the 40’s throwback look. You would never know that this Mercury is capable of running with some of the best in our showroom.

The beneficiary of a complete custom restoration in 2010, today this Merc packs 550hp under the long hood thanks to a Supercharged Saleen V8. That’s not a typo, this 1940 Mercury has almost 600hp lying in reserve under your right foot. From time to time we can tell when cars won’t last long in our showroom, and based on the looks this Mercury has already got, it won’t be long before it gets loaded up and heads to a new owner.

Originally the Mercury was purchased at the Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, Georgia, as an original un-restored survivor. However we don’t know what possessed the previous owners to perform the build that they did, but we do know the results are incredible. Like we’ve already stated, visually the body features that classic look that car guys love. At the front of the body that is covered in a single stage Marina Blue, you’ll see the chrome bumper that rests in front of the original 1940 Mercury grille. The gorgeous grille is flanked by two big headlights that rest on the large front fenders. As you make your way up the hood you’ll see adding to the hidden power is the Mercury Eight lettering below the stainless steel trim that runs the length of the body. The blue is accented quite nicely by the red steel rims and the dark red interior. As you make your way to the back of the car you’ll see chrome door handles, a split rear window, and a chrome fuel filler. At the very back of the car you’ll find two rear tail lights that rest above the chrome rear bumper that hides the dual exhausts from the Saleen power plant very nicely.

Saleen’s oft-repeated motto has always been “Power in the Hands of a Few”. And with this Mercury, there’s LOTS of power in the hands of VERY few. Locked, loaded and ready to roll, the 24-valve, single overhead cam monster that rumbles under the aforementioned hood is, by far, the car’s biggest selling point. Originally leaving the factory with a 239 cubic inch flathead V8, the build team opted for the Saleen powerplant that came from a wrecked Saleen S281 that only had 500 miles on it at the time of its unfortunate demise. Thanks to the addition of Saleen’s Series VI supercharger, it twists a killer 550 horsepower into 525 lb./ft. of tire melting torque! The Saleen’s install is exceptionally clean, and looks like it was meant to sit within this Mercury. The hot mill is a melting pot of machined and natural finishes that contrast well against the car’s bright red paint. And best of all, this muscle-bound sleeper will fire up in any weather, drive thousands of miles before anyone needs to turn its bolts, and certainly lay waste to almost any old school muscle car that’s brave enough to pick a fight.

Bolted to the supercharged mill is the Saleen 6-speed manual transmission that came from that same S281. From there the power travels down the driveshaft to the Strange Engineering 9-inch rear end with a 3.90 limited slip differential with 31 spline axles. The suspension also received a good amount of work as you will note that there is a coil-over front suspension and at the rear you’ll find leaf springs that have been upgraded with a rear sway-bar and traction bars. Stopping power comes courtesy of a Hydra boost supplied Power Disc brakes at all four corners. In front of those brakes you’ll find the 15” painted steel rims that have been wrapped in BF Goodrich Radial T/A rubber.

Open the doors and you’ll find an extremely tasteful interior that combines spectacular red vinyl with chrome hardware and blue accents that tie into the exterior. The firm bench seat is supportive, yet feels soft enough to take a nap on. In front of that seat, a bark blue painted dash hangs what looks like stock appearing gauges and a big blue steering wheel. Under that dash, high quality wool carpet anchors color-keyed floor mats beneath the foot pedals and re-upholstered kick panels. In the center you’ll see what looks like straight drive controls to those that don’t know about the 6-speed manual transmission that it controls. Above the driver, a full-length headliner anchors an oval mirror in front of the split front window. Behind the front bench seat is another bench seat that carries plenty of room to haul 2 more passengers in the back. An aftermarket air conditioning system, trunk-mounted CD-player, and stereo controls in the glove box, add in a lot of nice features that make this car ready for the long hauls. Most importantly though, keeping with the sleeper theme, anyone that looks into the interior will be none the wiser about how potent this Merc really is.

This 1940 Mercury Sedan is ready to surprise and impress. If you’ve been looking for a car that is wildly unique, and features a mixture of show and go, then this is the car of your dreams. Another thing to consider is the fact that this vehicle has never been shown competitively, and it is more than capable of picking up awards at car shows. But trust us, it won’t last long under our showroom lights. Call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com for more information.

Basic

Year
1940
Make
Mercury
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Sedan
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Resto-Mod
Mileage
8212

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
4.6 Liter Supercharged V8
Engine Number
n/a
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
92/93 Octane
Fuel Delivery System Type
Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission Type
6 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
n/a
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Single CD
Battery Location
Trunk
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Red
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Ultraleather
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
No

Body

Body Style
Sedan
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Blue
Paint Type
Single stage
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
Leaf Spring
Axle Specification
Strange 9in
Front Wheel Specification
15"
Rear Wheel Specification
15"
Front Tire Specification
P155/80R15
Rear Tire Specification
P155/80R15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Spare
n/a
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
MagnaFlow

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
8212
Awards Summary

Not shown competitively

Historical Documents Summary
n/a

Our Service Programs

Seal of Approval Basic Safety Check

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