It’s quite possible that you’ve never seen a 1948 Mercury M-47 Pickup truck before. That’s because they were only sold in Canada. Ford Motor Company sold Mercury M Series pickup trucks in Canada from 1948 through 1968. They were the cousin to the Ford F1 and F100 sold here in the United States. The Mercury M Series is more rare since they were produced in limited numbers. The Mercury grille is the most significant marking to tell the M Series apart from the F100 Ford trucks.
The 1948 Mercury M-47 Pickup which you see pictured here is currently being offered for sale by a Tennessee collector who is known for his quality collector cars and trucks. You can see more photos in his ad on the Cars-On-Line website today. These photos were just posted. The sale is being handled by Classic Car Deals, an internet broker that handles collector car transactions for their high profile clients. (That way the owners don’t have to work with tire kickers, don’t you know?)
Although Mercury sold trucks in Canada in 1946 and 1947, it was in 1948 that they introduced the M Series designation. So 1948 was the first year for the M Series and this M-47 is significant of that. The “47” indicates the Gross Vehicle Weight which was 4,700 pounds.
The classic Mercury pickup made its way down from Alberta, Canada some years ago to the U.S. where is underwent a beautifully executed restoration. It was a full body-off redo on a clean original that was already straight and rust free, says the owner. Photos of the restoration come with the truck. The bright red paint is a two-stage base/clear. Look closely at the photos to see great panel alignment and all the trim and brightwork looking sharp. The unique Mercury badging is all there.
A look at the interior photos shows a good looking headliner, original bench seat, and the floors seem solid. A pre-purchase inspection is in order to get a good read on the condition class. By the photos there seems to be good reason to believe this is a “near show quality” classic pickup.
The Flathead V8 motor is a 239 ci, 110 horsepower, rated at 180 ft. lbs. of torque at 1850 rpm. The engine and 3-speed manual transmission have been gone through and are thought to be mechanically sound by the owner. Again, a pre-purchase inspection is in order to give the potential buyer a better read on the mechanicals.
The bed is gorgeous. Just look at the photos in the ad. The odometer says 62,000 kilometers. Those numbers concur with the inspectors notes when it was brought down from Alberta years ago. At that time it says it had 61,000 kilometers.
Classic Car Deals has it priced at $52,000. And we know there is considerable play in that price. So, if you are interested in owning an exlusive classic pickup truck, you should make an offer. You will have the only Mercury M-47 at any car show you enter. Trust us on that one.