greggearhead Reader
12/2/16 6:11 p.m.

Not really a classic motorsports car, more of a street rod, but still.

This is a really great survivor/mild build patina rod. It was built by a good friend of mine for him to cruise around on rod nights etc. and he really likes it, but has several cars, and this one just doesn't get used.

It has been a Colorado car, and a Colorado Springs car, since new. The windshield even has a 1962 Colorado Safety Inspection sticker!!

It was given what I call a sympathetic mechanical restoration - wheel bearings, brakes, fluids, hoses, new carburetor, new generator, new whitewall tires etc. It was lowered about 2" all around with leaf springs, Freds headers added, and a dual exhaust system that simply sounds sweet - perfectly period. It has an auxiliary cooling fan added in front of the radiator, but isn't really needed - more of a 'just in case' mod. New chrome bumpers (not cheap).

Original flathead V8 purrs like it should, Automatic overdrive trans shifts like it should - except for kickdown. Brakes work, steering works - this is NOT a project car. You could do the cosmetics to bring it up to a show car, but that's all it needs, and those would be EASY compared to most of the cars in this range.

The interior (as well as the glass) is original. Once again, this is a sweet car. The radio works. The wipers work. Jump in and drive it anywhere.

Jump in and drive this thing to any cruise night and watch the crowd gather when they realize it's an original car, not a tarted up fake patina rod. The only think that needs adjustment is the kickdown rod for the automatic overdrive. It doesn't kick down with the throttle, but that's obviously a minor detail.


It's hard for me to communicate just how cool an original car like this is, unless you are looking at it, listening to it, smelling it, etc. Sounds hokey, but if you know what I mean, you know what I mean.

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jfryjfry Reader
12/2/16 6:14 p.m.

How much??

greggearhead Reader
12/6/16 1:43 p.m.

Sorry - forgot to include.


bastomatic UltraDork
12/6/16 6:15 p.m.

Oh man. This was always my grandfather's favorite car, a 50 Mercury sedan. Seems like a great car.

jimbbski Dork
12/9/16 6:59 p.m.

My father bought one new! It was the car I came home from the hospital in! I remember riding in it as a child. If you look at the engine pic. see the space between the radiator and the grill. I used to climb up into that space and watch my dad work under the hood on the engine etc. I also remember laying down on the package shelf behind the back seat while he drove the car. Today he would be pulled over and arrested for child endangerment! LOL!

greggearhead Reader
12/10/16 7:54 a.m.

Thanks guys - it is a great car. My friend, who I'm helping sell it for, has built LOTS of cars over the years. Hot rods as well as air cooled VWs. They have all been very well done, very period and tasteful, while still being modified. This fits in that grouping quite well, I think.

I remember laying on the back package shelf of our 1971 Ford LTD while traveling. Wasn't a big deal back then, was it?

JamesMcD Dork
12/10/16 8:42 a.m.

I love it.

SyntheticBlinkerFluid UltimaDork
12/10/16 6:30 p.m.

I love '49 and '50 Mercurys. There was one from my childhood that I remember very well.

A bit of useless information:

You can tell the difference between a '49 and '50 Mercury by the rear window. The '49 had a 3-Piece rear window and the '50 had a one piece. Story is that Ford didn't have the technology in '49 to make a long, curved piece of glass and by the '50 model year they figured it out.

greggearhead Reader
1/6/17 12:01 p.m.

Still available, though harder to show it to someone with the snow we have now...

aussiesmg MegaDork
1/6/17 5:18 p.m.

Oh damn, this pushes my buttons

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