1950 Mercury Eight Coupe
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1950 Mercury Eight Coupe
- Custom "Lead Sled"
- Chevrolet 350ci V8
- Automatic Transmission
- House of Kolor Brandywine and Candy Apple Red Custom Exterior
- Custom Light Gray and Red Vinyl
Noted as the third generation of the Mercury Eight, this model line was produced from 1949 to 1951. This was the first Mercury of the Lincoln-Mercury division and shared its body with the Lincoln, instead of the Ford. In place of the updated prewar body, Mercury adopted “pontoon” bodies, ending the use of running boards entirely, along with separate fenders.
Within its era and beyond, the third-generation Mercury Eight was popular with customizers. In 1949, Sam Barris built the first lead sled from a 1949 Mercury Eight and became the definitive hot rod. Fiberglass replicas of the Eight, inspired by Sam Barris' car, are still in production and are popular with custom and rod enthusiasts.
Presented here is a completely customized hot rod lead sled Mercury. Featuring a custom two-toned Brandywine and Candy Apple Red paint job from House of Kolor, this coupe is stunning. Complimenting the one-of-a-kind paint are the multiple chrome accents which have been polished to an expert shine. White wall tires and rear fender covers complete this overall look. A few paint chips are noted by the fuel door, on the hood and front valance along with an extremely small blemish on the bottom of the right front door.
The Chevrolet 350 V8 was sourced from Jasper and is topped by a four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor and Edelbrock intake manifold. Power to the rear axle is sourced by a Monster Transmissions built GM TH200-4R four-speed automatic transmission. A custom dual exhaust runs the length of the vehicle while simulated lake pipes provide a true lead sled look. Overall, it is noted that this vehicle “starts, runs and drives well.”
This Mercury features a lowering kit for the original double-wishbone suspension in front and the leaf-sprung solid axle in the rear while sitting on a body-on-frame chassis. Sporting a rebuilt manual steering box and hydraulic drum brakes this vehicle operates properly and provides a smooth road experience. In total, the frame and undercarriage components present with minimal corrosion and weathering present.
Customization continues inside this Mercury with a custom light gray and red vinyl upholstery. Red carpeting and dark gray instrument panel, complete with modern Stewart Warner gauges, contrast the whole look but retains the original cast-aluminum cladding. A Blaupunkt AM/FM radio has been inserted into the dash alongside the original switchgear for wipers, turn signals and lamps, which are noted to be in fine working order. There are no visible stains or signs of wear and lap belts have been added for additional safety.
As unique as the original lead sled created by Sam Barris, this Mercury is truly as showstopper. If you are looking to get into the hot rod or custom scene, this vehicle is ready to go. This genuinely is a vehicle to see in person. Please call if interested or e-mail with specific questions. Thank you for looking.