<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329

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1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup

Sold for US$ 20,350 inc. premium
1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup
Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861
Engine no. 9E-17329

239 c.i. Side-valve V8 engine
Single Ford-Holley two-barrel carburetor
95bhp at 3,600rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Beam axle front suspension with semi-elliptical springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical springs
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*The Canadian-built clone of Ford's popular F1 pickup truck
*Older restoration
*76,428 miles recorded
*Attractive color scheme
*In the Evergreen Automobile collection since 1992


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Ford's soon-to-be landmark F1 pickup truck was produced from 1948-1952, and was known as the "Bonus-built" series. It was the progenitor of what would become the company's best-selling vehicle, the F100 and latter-day F150 pickups. North of the US border, Ford of Canada produced a nearly-identical, re-badged light hauler under its Mercury brand, labeling it the "M" series, to differentiate it from Ford's "F" series. Mercury trucks were produced through 1968.

This attractive 1949 model-year MD-83 version was built at Ford of Canada's Windsor, Ontario headquarters factory, on the same 114-inch wheelbase as the F1. It retains a period-correct stock-specification 239-cubic-inch flathead V8 with a single two-barrel Ford-Holley downdraft carburetor, producing a factory-claimed 95 hp and about 180 foot-pounds of torque. The 6 ½-foot long cargo box has wood slat flooring. The cab of this uncommon little truck contains a floor shift for the three-speed manual transmission, a wide bench seat, and optional heater, which would certainly have been mandatory in northern climes.

The build plate notes that it was finished in paint code M-14285, "Colony Blue" in 1949 and "Sheridan Blue" for 1950 forward. The body was repainted many years ago, and the vinyl interior replaced. The engine, which may be a period-correct rebuilt unit or factory replacement, is painted the correct shade of light green used exclusively on Ford of Canada trucks. This little Canadian truck has been part of the consignor's collection since 1992, and is described as being in good running and driving condition. The odometer read 76,428 at the time of cataloguing, and that is believed to be the original and correct total.

Early Canadian-built Mercury trucks with their unique badging are a rare sight in the United States, and this example would be a good basis for a full restoration, conversion to a resto-mod, or just an enjoyable ride to the next neighborhood Cars-and-Coffee.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the correct engine number is RE 19380 and the title is in transit.
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<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
<b>1949 Mercury of Canada Pickup</b><br />Chassis no. MD 83H49-20861<br />Engine no. 9E-17329
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