1949 Mercury Eight
The Mercury Eight was the first model of the Ford Motor Company's Mercury marque and was produced from the 1939 through the 1951 model years. It was the only model offered by Mercury until the marque starting producing multiple series in the 1952 model year, at which point it was dropped as a model designation.
Model years 1949–1951
Body style 2-door coupe , 2-door Monterey coupe, 2-door convertible, 4-door sedan , 2-door station wagon
Engine :255 cu in (4.2 L) Flathead V8
Wheelbase: 118.0 in (2,997 mm)
Length : 206.8 in (5,253 mm)
Curb weight : 3,500–4,000 lb (1,600–1,800 kg)
Related : Lincoln EL-series
The first postwar Mercury was introduced in the 1949 model year. The engine was a flathead V8 that produced slightly more power than the then also newly-designed 1949 Ford. A new overdrive system was optional, activated by a handle under the dash. The styling of the Mercury Eight, when it was released in 1949, was successful in both ending the monotony of warmed-over pre-war style, and differentiating Mercury from its comparable Ford cousin, a trick that spelled sales success. Sales figures for both Ford and Mercury broke records in 1949. The new approach to styling was also evident on the completely redesigned Lincoln and the all new Lincoln Cosmopolitan. The Mercury Eight used full instrumentation. An 8 tube radio as an option. The 4-door station wagon was replaced with a 2-door model. Although the wagon now featured an all-metal roof, its sides still consisted of wood panels.
The car makes notable appearances in four films: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), American Graffiti (1973), Badlands (1973), and Cobra (film) (1986). ("Cobra" would use one of the first all-fiberglass copies.) A customized 1949 Mercury was also used to play the Batmobile in the Batman and Robin serial. The character Sheriff from Cars was a 1949 Mercury Police Cruiser.