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1940 Mercury Eight Police Car

Classics  /   /  By Chad Tyson

This 1940 Mercury Eight is said to have originally been a sheriff car for Charlevoix County in Michigan. A vintage bullet-shaped light and siren combo sits atop the roof and a police radio is nestled below the dash. Ford’s famous 239-ci Flathead V8 powered a majority of their vehicles in this era. Rated at 85-hp and 155 lb-ft, this example reportedly runs well.

The sheriff logos around the vehicle appear in remarkable condition. There are some sections in the paint that have spidered, but most of it shows favorably. Speaking of spiders, webs show in several pictures, possibly indicating relatively long periods of inactivity. Also highlighted is a crack in one of the delaminating back windows. Furthermore the seller mentions an odor—sans nest evidence—of mouse droppings. The seller invites any questions regarding condition and history of the car before bidding, so be sure to address any concerns.

Recent sales of 1940 Mercury Eights on eBay Motors have resulted in good examples averaging around mid-$18k and excellent ones averaging almost $25k. None are mentioned to be former police cars. Base price on these cars when new was $987. Click here to see the auction listing.

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  1. Col Attilla November 28, 2011 at 7:27 am Reply

    What a cool car! Mercs were the best, I think–much more stylish than the Fords. Not to be “Mr. Pickey” but I believe these vehicles had 95hp and a 239 cubic inch displacement which made them pretty fast–perfect for a police car! Thanks for posting!

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