Today’s car is a 1950 Mercury Lead Sled and it was built by Cypress Autobody located in Hawaiian Gardens, CA . I photographed this car at the 41st Annual Outriders Picnic, It is finished in a House of Color Brandy Wine with Ghost flames with a light tan and brown leather interior. It is powered by 350 cu in, small block Chevrolet V8 engine, with a 4 bbl carburetor and transferring that power through a General Motors TH-350 3-speed automatic transmission. The car is sitting on a 1979 El Camino chassis. It has independent front suspension with dual A-arms, air suspension and a anti-roll bar. The rear suspension has air suspension. radius arms. De Dion axle. and an anti-roll bar.
Body modifications are 7 inch chopped top, radiused corners hood and truck lid, frenched headlights, taillights, skirts, and antennas. The grill is a modified 1954 Chevrolet The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado hubcaps are a lead sled standard. The car is fully accessorized with power windows, seats, steering, and brakes along with air conditioning.
The original MSRP for a 1950 Mercury was $2,150.00. The total number of Mercurys produced in 1950 was 293,689 of which 151,489 were 2 door coupes. In 1950, and for the very first time in Mercury history, the Mercury 2-door coupes outsold the 4-door sedan 151,489 to 132,082.
This is just a great looking “Lead Sled”. What a great car to take to Custom Car Shows and a big hit at Cars and Coffee events. Thank you for traveling along. Frank