Vin Car Pics: 1949 Mercury Eight convertible

The post-war ’49 Mercury had breakaway styling. (Ford archives)

The third-generation 1949 Mercury was the first new design following World War II, according to Wikipedia. Its “ponton” or pontoon styling help differentiate it from its Ford cousin. The ’49 also became the definitive “lead sled” for customizers, including the Barris brothers, Sam and George.

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