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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 17th – 19th, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Los Angeles Broadcasting Pioneer Art Astor was a man known for many things. A dedicated businessman, loving father and grandfather and first rate soldier, Art was also known for his incredible devotion to the automobile.
Russo and Steele is proud to present in Monterey, California the last remaining automobiles in Art Astor’s legendary collection. The Devotion Collection features the cars truly closest to Art’s heart. These fourteen remaining offerings are vehicles that Art felt so passionately about that he kept them the closest to him, through the end of his life and include prime examples of Pre and Post War American Classics, American Luxury Cars and European Sports Cars.
The 1939 Mercury V8 was the first in the Ford product line. It was produced at the insistence of Edsel Ford who realized Ford needed a product that filled the $500 gap between the Ford Deluxe and the Lincoln Zephyr. It was priced at $934 and featured a 95 horsepower flathead V8 motor. It utilized a three-speed manual transmission with Columbia overdrive. This 39 Mercury from the Astor collection is finished in a pleasant shade of tan and the paint sparkles in the California sun. The body is straight and solid and the paint is in excellent condition. The tan fabric interior is not worn or soiled and the plastic on the steering wheel is not chipped or scratched. It is fitted with fog lights and white wall tires. An excellent example of a “first” Mercury.