Reinforcing its reputation as one of the fastest cars on the road, the 1952 Mercury packs Ford’s ultimate flathead: the 255 cubic inch 8CM. With a nice bump in compression, it made 125 horsepower in 1952 and when paired with a manual transmission with overdrive, was a legitimate 100 MPH automobile. Detailed for show at the time of restoration, it still shows quite well, although the current owner is adamant that a healthy car is one that is driven regularly, so it shows some signs of use today. Proper Ford script hoses and original style hose clamps add authenticity, and you’ll note that there’s a fresh wiring harness and a new battery for the electrical department. It starts quickly and easily with the original 6-volt electrical system, and settles into a smooth, silent flathead idle almost immediately.
The flathead is teamed with a standard 3-speed manual transmission with a Borg-Warner overdrive unit, whose seamless operation is quite impressive, even today. In overdrive, this car will cruise at 70 MPH all day, and its transparent operation means you’ll never really even think twice about it. The chassis also features rust-free floors, rebuilt brakes and suspension, and a great-sounding dual exhaust system that is typical of the period. Four recent Coker wide whitewall radials have been fitted to the original steel wheels, and it tracks like a cruise missile on the interstate.
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