This 1949 Mercury Coupe With Tesla Batteries Is The Ultimate Blend Of Old And New
There are some cars that I’d happily give up my left lung to own. This 1949 Mercury Coupe is definitely one of them, and I’d go as far as saying it’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen this year. Because underneath the gorgeous patina, you’ll find the batteries and motor from a Tesla. The mix of classic coupe styling and state-of-the-art technology is certainly a captivating one.
This Mercury is the work of long-time classic Ford fettler, Icon. You might remember the Bronco they revealed a couple years back. The Coupe is Icon’s latest Derelict project, having been completely stripped down to nut-and-bolt level before its heart transplant.
And it’s a heck of a transplant. With help from Stealth EV, the 85kW dual electric motor setup kicks out around 400bhp and (perhaps more impressively) 470lb ft of torque. You could tow a small island with that amount. Plus, when you put your foot down there’s no let-up – it’s an electric car, so goes without a transmission.
With a range of between 150 and 200 miles, it’s clear that this car is built for speed. We like that a lot. You can carry on having fun, too, as recharging back up to full capacity takes just an hour and a half.
Icon has arranged the battery cells to fit “strategically” throughout the car, for two purposes. The weight distribution is as close to perfect as possible, mitigating the extra weight of the batteries. Look under the hood to find the other reason. To a casual observer, it’d look like a normal engine. Yep, all the electric running gear has been disguised to look similar to a classic V8.
There’s also a new chassis, co-developed by Art Morrison Enterprises, independent front and rear suspension, and extra sound deadening and insulation. Even the wiring has been custom-made to look original. All the bodywork and faded chrome trim is actually original.
Want to see it?
The Icon Mercury Coupe is currently on display at the SEMA tuning show in Las Vegas if you want to take a look. Let me know what you think of it in the comments.