FOR SALE: Excellent Condition Restoration
This body-on restoration was a 3 year project completed in early 2010 and started with probably the most pristine stock body you can find. No rust anywhere; photos of under carriage show why a body-off wasn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t needed. The car hadn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t been re-painted or re-upholstered since 1964. Originally a California car, the second owner in Washington bought it in 1965, gave it to his son in 1975 who sold it to me in 2000 with 99,900 original miles on it. Always garage stored, very little driving in rain. Most of the interior stainless trim had been removed during re-upholstery in 1964 and I spent years acquiring it again. Body is still stock with few modifications; engine & running gear mostly stock with re-builds and a few changes for safety & convenience and a few \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"WOWS\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\". Options available from factory but not on car were found and added.
BODY & INTERIOR: Stock 1950 Mercury 8 Coupe with 1951 fender skirts. Re-painted in 1966 Corvette Trophy Blue with some Pearl added. Detailed pin striping by Jr. Nelson both inside & outside. Upholstery done in similar styling to original including all stainless trim, and is leather w/naughahyde trim matching exterior color w/Pearl White accent colors. Hand assist straps added to side posts and rope assists on back of front seats. 4 lap seat belts added matching as close as possible. Carpet is a slightly darker blue. Headliner is Pearl White as accent trim but shows darker in photos. A custom console was added for me and is short enough for seat to be pulled up all the way. Glove box is shallow to allow room for the Vintage Air heat/AC ductwork and is wired to plug in an iPod to run off radio and charge. Alpine iDA X100 radio is AM/FM & iPod, displays playlists & content playing. 6 speakers & amplifier make a terrific sound. Original radio & clock remain but are not working (radio face only). Original dash/gauges but only the speedometer & fuel gauge wired to work. Vintage style Autometer gauges added for oil pressure, voltage, tach, and water temp gauges for both left & right pumps. OEM steering wheel reconditioned and colored to match accent trim & dash. Front & side window frames changed to chrome & opening rear quarter windows. All new seals. Trunk interior finished same as interior with upholstered panel added to hide amplifier & battery. Custom Mercury head added to panel. Spare wheel/tire match the rest. Original grill & bumpers, most of chrome & stainless is original and restored as necessary.
ENGINE & RUNNING GEAR: This is a numbers matching car. Original V8 Flathead was re-built by H&H Flatheads in California. Originally 255CI bored to .125 over for 276CI. Holly 39 CFM 4 barrel carb w/chrome air cleaner; Edelbrock polished aluminum heads & intake manifold; Fenton polished dual exhausts; 100 AMP chrome alternator; power steering using stock column; chrome pulleys & A/C pump. Chrome radiator support-pretty much all chrome or polished under the hood! New custom Walker 3 core radiator keeps it cool and looks like original. Electric fan with manual override; new Ron Francis wiring throughout for 12V (reducer for 6V for fuel gauge used) with a master fuse when removed cuts all power, built in connector for a trickle charger. JAMCO front end suspension & power front disc brakes, stock rear drum brakes. MSD Billet Ready Distributer & Blaster II Coil. Original 3 speed transmission on the column without overdrive has been gone through & new driveline installed that is \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"beefier\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" than original. This car runs great & sounds great!! I have 2 other classic cars and this is the only one I have never seen anything leak!!
OTHER: Chrome wheels & baby moons with Coker wide white radial tires (spare matches); stainless door handle guards, Halibrand tail pipe deflectors w/Mercury head, curb buffers & chrome gas cap trim. Blue Dot tail lights.
At the time of this posting there are only 895 miles on it since restoration. This car was featured in a 1998 story in 1949-1950-1951 Ford Mercury Owners Magazine and will be included for it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s history plus the Owner\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Manual and other literature I have accumulated.
I doubt you can find another 1950 Mercury in this condition that is un-chopped, not shaved and essentially stock. It has won many awards for Best of Show and Best Engine, including a Best Engine at Reno\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Hot August Nights (pretty good for a Flathead)! Appraised in 2010 for $65,000. I will consider very serious offers only. No trades as I need to downsize and have 2 other cars; another is also for sale (want to keep one).
Funds in USD only. $2,000 non-refundable deposit required with balance paid within 7 days. Buyer is responsible for shipping & costs. I will assist in preparation & loading. PayPal preferred for deposit. Clear Washington Title in my name.