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Mercury offered but a single four-door for 1951, and with 157,648 examples built, the Sport Sedan proved to be the brand’s most popular model. Though not rare by anyone’s definition, examples as apparently clean as this 1951 Mercury Sport Sedan, for sale on Hemmings.com, don’t come along too often. If that’s the good news, here’s the bad: The Merc’s original owner was the frugal sort, and the car appears to have been delivered without the optional overdrive, heater or radio, making it most attractive to buyers in warmer (but not hot) locales who avoid long trips on the highway. The car’s current owner claims it’s never been restored, and that the only non-original part is a replacement carburetor on the (original) flathead V-8. From the seller’s description:
1951 Mercury 4 dr , great condition , 3 on the tree , has not been restored , recently spent over $1000 getting it tunes up and running . It appears the only thing not original is the carburetor, we have the orignal air cleaner, original flathead, all stainless and trim. California title , custom plate R51MERC- See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2014/12/31/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1951-mercury-sport-sedan/?refer=news#sthash.ffnJIOHI.dpuf