The 1949-51 Mercurys have been known as the “James Dean” car ever since the actor made the teen thriller Rebel Without a Cause in 1955. The models were also loved by hot-rodders, and many of the 300,000 sedans and even more coupes were turned into “lead sleds.” Of course, such customizing terminology as “nosed,” “decked” and “Frenched” entered the vernacular.
Convertibles, however, were far rarer, with only 31,865 made in the three-year run of this model. There were few changes made year to year, and the 1951 model received a streamlined grille bar and vertical taillights. Selling for a base price of $2,597, the 1951 convertibles are the rarest, with only 6,759 delivered.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
112 hp, 255 cu. in. flathead V-8 engine, Holley two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, semi-elliptic rear springs with live axle, and hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118"
Source: RM Auctions