1950 Mercury Lead Sled

Today’s car is a 1950 Mercury Coupe lead sled call “Pearl Rose”. I saw this car at the Silver Spur Breakfast Meeting that meets the First Saturday of every month. Owned and built by Doyle Gammell, and completed in 1993, the car features a top that has been chopped 4 1/2″ in front and 5 1/2″ in the rear. It is powered by a 350 cu. in. Chevy engine, GM TH350 3 speed automatic transmission, and a Ford 9″ rear end with 3.50:1 gears. The wheels were made by the late Boyd Coddington. 

The original MSRP was $2,150.00. The total number of 1950 Mercurys produced was 293,689 of which 151,489 were 2 door coupes. In 1950, and for the first time in Mercury history, Mercury 2-door coupes outsold the 4-door sedan 151,489 to 132,082.

This is just a great old school hot rod. Chevy powered gives it that old school look and feel. Great car for car shows and a favorite at cars and coffee gatherings. Thanks for traveling along

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