Getting the Car out of the Driveway
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Mercury received an all new, postwar styling starting with the 1949 model year. Nearly everything was changed when compared to the 1948 models. The Mercury engine, a flathead V-8 grew in displacement to 255 CID, and horsepower grew from 100 to 110. The suspension set-up placed coil springs in the front and leaf springs in the back. Power was transferred to the rear wheels via a 3-speed manual transmission, with an optional overdrive unit available. Pricing was aimed at the mid-market consumer, with a standard coupe costing just under $2,000.
Mercury made only minor adjustments in 1950, with some trim differences from the previous year. A low-priced coupe was added to the lineup, as well as the first hardtop design, the Mercury Monterey.
The most notable change for the 1951 model year was the introduction of the Merc-o-Matic automatic transmission. Horsepower changed nominally from 110 to 112, and exterior styling changes included reshaped rear fenders and rear glass. The front parking lights were changed with a chrome extension wrapping around the front fender.
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|1951 Mercury, Every thing old is new again, We wanted to add the Year of Manufacture (YOM) license plates because they just look better on the car. It took us a while to find the plates but the end result is worth the time and effort. I did have some help from my brother Dan. He has a really nice 1951 Ford Woodie and he was a key contributor to getting the State of California to pass the law to allow YOM Plates. His second claim to fame was getting the Woodie to be named the official car for the City of Huntington Beach, CA.|
|1951 Mercury, Getting out of the driveway, A couple of classics, the Marin Civic Center in the background is a Frank Lloyd Wright design. The car is older than the Civic Center Building.|
|1951 Mercury, Getting ready to leave the Marin Civic Center, one last shot before we depart for our next classic landmark.|
|1951 Mercury, A&W Root Beer, the car hops are gone so stretch your legs and stroll inside or try the drive-thru window...|
1951 Mercury, the Petaluma Car Show, I was sitting in the back seat surfing the Internet with my laptop and a woman peeked her head through the front window to have a look at the dash. I looked up and said, "Hello."|
She screamed and jumped back and said something to her friend and they started laughing. She then leaned back through the front window and said, "We thought you were a dummy."
I hesitated a moment and then responded, "That's OK, my wife thinks the same way."
|1951 Mercury, American Graffiti, the cars from the movie can be seen in the background...|
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This is the starting point for a collection of pictures taken in our drives around the San Francisco Bay Area.
SimoTime is a proud supporter of the preservation of legacy or classics automobiles. This is an excellent example of the styling and engineering of the 1950's. Here's to the "Lead-Sled" and "Flatheads Forever". This was a time when gasoline was only twenty-five cents a gallon.
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