1949 Mercury Sedan Lead Sled HistoryThe Mercury Eight was the first model of the Ford Motor Companys Mercury marque and was produced from the 1939 through the 1951 model years. It was the only model offered by Mercury until the marque starting producing multiple series in the 1952 model year at which point it was dropped as a model designation.The first postwar Mercury was introduced in the 1949 model year. The engine was a flathead V8 that produced slightly more power than the then also newlydesigned 1949 Ford. The styling of the Mercury Eight when it was released in 1949 was successful in both ending the monotony of warmedover prewar style and differentiating Mercury from its comparable Ford cousin a trick that spelled sales success. Sales figures for both Ford and Mercury broke records in 1949.In 1949 Sam Barris built the first lead sled from a 1949 Mercury Eight; the Eight became the definitive lead sled. Sam and George Barris also used the 1949 body style to build "the most famous custom car ever" the Hirohata Merc for customer Bob Hirohata in 1953. Setting a style and an attitude it had a "momentous effect" on custom car builders appeared in several magazines at the time and reappeared numerous times since earning an honorable mention on Rod and Customs "Twenty Best of All Time" list in 1991. The Eight remains a very popular subject for car modellers.VIN 9CM81897This professional build was completed January 1 2005. There are 17500 miles on the build. The previous owner bought the car after the build was completed. The car has over $65k invested in it. The previous owner spent $15000 in 2008 to upgrade the engine compartment to what it looks like today. The shop that did the restoration was called Ray's Fabrication and Development they have closed since then. The car has spentall its life in the San Diego area to the best of the owner's knowledge. 2 huge 3ring binders documenting the entire restoration photographs receipts manuals awards and a matching shirt are included in the sale. MechanicsChevrolet 402ci Bored .040 Over to 408ci Block TH400 Transmission 76'79 Lincoln Versailles 9 Open Rear End with 275 Gear RatioDual Quad Weber 500cfm CarbsEdelbrock Performer Dual Quad Air Gap Intake ManifoldPower 4 Wheel Disc Brakes Power SteeringVintage Air Conditioning Lokar KickDown Kit Fabricated Drive ShaftEdelbrock Black Classic Dual Quad Air Cleaner and Valve CoversGM HEI IgnitionMSD CoilBillet DistributorA/C Compressor East Coast Auto Electric SuperMini 120amp AlternatorAluminum RadiatorOverflow TankCustom Aluminum Fan Shroud7 Blade Clutch Fan Painted BlackRod Factory Flat Black Olympic Coated Shorty Headers2.5 Aluminized Dual ExhaustDynamax Mufflers 70'81 Camaro IFS Front ClipCamaro Track Performance Parallel Leaf SpringsCustom Modified Transmission AccessTrunk Mounted Optima BatteryCustom Aluminum Gas Tank and StrapsBody1949 Mercury Original Body and FramePPG Black Pearl Base Coat/Clear Coat with White Pearl Tribal FlamesTinted Windows3M Paint Protection Film Clear Coat Bra and Visor Gorgeous Chrome BumperOriginal Stainless Steel GrilleBeautiful TrimSplit WindshieldHalogen HeadlightsStock Tail LightsShaved Hood Trunk Door HandlesKeyless Entry Rolls Down Window and Trunk PopperFiberglass Front ValanceDoors Fit BeautifullyDoor Lips and Jambs are Clean and SolidFender Skirts RemovedBudnik Famosa Wheels 15x7 Front 15x10 RearBF Goodrich Tires 225/60/15 Front 295/50/15 Rear Beautiful Undercoating on Original FloorsPowder Coated Frame Dove Gray ColorOriginal XFrame is SolidRockers are Gorgeous InteriorCustom Grey Leather Interior6 Way Driver Seat 2 Way Passenger SeatClassic Instruments GaugesBudnik Steering WheelSony AM/FM/CD Stereo with RemotePower WindowsCustom Door Panels with BuiltIn SpeakersCustom Door LatchesVintage A/C and HeaterGorgeous Paint Job on the Dash1976 Ford Thunderbird Modified Split Front SeatCustom Narrowed Rear SeatGrey CarpetCloth Headliner with Working Dome LightCustom Finished Trunk in Matching Leather and CarpetSpare Tire and CoverDon't Miss Out Call Tom 7 Days a Week Including Holidays 2489749513Vanguard Motor Sales started 25 years ago as a part time hobby. Within the last 8 years we have become the premier seller of classic and muscle cars both locally and internationally. Vanguard Motor Sales is an experienced seller with integrity and our 100 positive feedback on eBay supports that Click the eBay Feedback button on the home page of our website or the number next to our name on eBay vanguardmotorsales and you will be able to read all of the positive feedback we've received over the last 8 years Our inventory is always stored indoors We have a brand new stateoftheart 30000 square foot facility that is open to the public. We would love for you to stop by and see us We are located 20 minutes away from Detroit Metro Airport and would be happy to pick you up and drop you off if you fly in. New cars arrive daily and
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