I asked this question in another thread I had when I was contemplating a trade last week....But since the thread title had nothing really to do with the question, I didn't get much in the way of answers, so I thought I'd give it another shot.... Last Saturday, I traded my 56 F100 for a 49 Lincoln Cosmopoliton. This one right here..... The Lincoln is really as straight and clean as it looks in the pics too which, for a Craigslist deal, absolutely blew me away!! It needs a few things before it'll run right, but it does run and I did drive it. So as we were bringing it home, my old man and I got to talking. Here's the thing, my 56 was a solid driver, but the body was really rough. It needed a TON of bodywork. So if this had been a 49 merc in this kind of condition instead of a 49 lincoln, I wouldn't have been able to touch it on a trade for the truck or even in the ballpark. All my dad and I were doing the ride home was staring at the Lincoln and the "family resemblance" and wondering, why is that so? In 49, the lincoln was the bomb and you needed major bucks to buy one. I understand that a merc's a merc and I love a merc done right as much as anybody, just wondering if anybody else out there in HAMB land had an opinion on the subject???