The 1949 Mercury is the first of the post war design and this is a banner year for The Mercury as well as for Ford. The 255.4 CID flathead V8 in the rear wheel drive Merc Sports Sedan develops 110hp (82 kW) with up to 200 lb-ft (271 Nm) of torque produced, a little more than its Ford counterpart. The engine is bolted to a 3 speed standard transmission with the linkage mounted on the column. There is the option of the Touch-O-Matic overdrive which offers about 8% better gas mileage than the basic version, but delivers the same performance.
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