While the Sportsman didn't pack any new technology, nor a powerful engine (as the name suggested), it did have a beautifully designed body and a ride quality which belied its ancient underpinnings. The styling was brought about by Bob Gregorie, who had to create the feel of the upmarket Lincoln Continental without the cost, so he produced wood panelling in maple and mahogany which dovetailed exquisitely throughout the rear of the car. As mentioned, underneath I lie car had nothing revolutionary. There was a separate steel chassis with large center tunnel to house the torque tube (like all Mercurys of the time), while the suspension was plain old solid axle with transverse leaf springs at both ends. Even lining the biggest Flathead V8 of the time, the car's performance was still leisurely, though it did have good low speed torque, and the powerplant was very reliable.
Mercury Sportsman (1946) Specifications
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