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eBay Listing: 1950 Mercury Coupe

Classics  /   /  By Jim Pickering

A chopped ’50 Merc is the iconic American Custom. These cars were the blank slate used by a number of big-name customizers like Barris, Ayala, and Winfield in the 1950s and 1960s. Although they weren’t the first customs built, they were undoubtedly some of the most attractive, and their appearance in movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Running Wild” helped spawn a huge custom movement that we still see at car shows and cruise-ins today.

This Merc doesn’t have the pedigree of a Barris car, but it does have the right look, with an older professional chop job dropping the roof several inches. Other custom touches include 132 louvers cut into the hood, a 5-inch shortened steering column (to make driving more comfortable under that chopped top), and one-piece door glass replacing the original wing windows. The paint shows a lot of patina, but it looks great, especially with yellow pinstriping set off by powdercoated yellow rims.

The seller says the car came out of Iowa and had only minimal rust, which was fixed with new metal and no Bondo. It features its original Flathead V8 with NOS Fenton cast iron headers and a new exhaust system. The tires are new Coker Classic wide whites, and a new battery was recently fitted as well. Inside, the front seat, rear seats, and sun visors were recovered, but the rest of the interior is bare and ready for your own custom work.

A total of 521 1949-1951 Mercurys have sold on eBay Motors over the past few years, with prices ranging from $15k to nearly $40k depending on condition and history. Obviously, a car built in period by one of the big-name customizers will bring much more – sometimes six-digit prices –  but even though this wasn’t one of them, it still has a pretty high cool factor. See the listing here.

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  1. Ron Randolph June 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm Reply

    I have a fifty mercury that I have been working on for several years, I did a frame swap with the floor pan and firewall out of a ninety four cadillac. The engine is a 383 stroker with a 700r4 transmission and possie rear, with two and a half inch stainless dual exhaust with headers . It has air bags and rack and pinion steering, boxed frame and adjustable four link. The top is chopped with rounded corners, louvered hood, and hand made grille on a modified 51 grille surround. Frenched headlamps and frenched 49 lincoln tail lamps. It has a 52 modified front bumper with a modified valance. 57 cadillac hubcaps. Built in lake pipes. I’m at a point where I am ready for paint. I have a three stage black to go on it hopefully this summer. I just ordered Ron Francis wiring. Still need vintage air and interior. I hope to be finished in a couple more years. The mercury and cadillac donor were bought here on ebay.

  2. Dan DuPont June 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm Reply

    This sounds like a nice adaptation. I encourage you to work to finish it. I wonder what you had to do do to accomodate tread width? I have a 1968 Chevy pickup with Chevy frame and I
    used 2004 Ford Explorer suspension/steering/brakes/ and independent rear end. Best handling ’68-’72 in town! I had access to a huge fixture plate and I bought a complete 2004 Explorer chassis. It’s a long story. Had to narrow everything 2″ per side. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE CRAZY, BUT IT HELPS!

    • Ron Randolph June 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm Reply

      The tread with was not a problem, I did have to shorten the wheel base three inches, and I cut the floor pan under the back seat and in the trunk. Sounds like you had quite a project on your hands too.

  3. Elvis June 24, 2012 at 5:01 am Reply

    I guess people like the rusty look and old suspension/ drive train. My friend has a 50 coupe that he has been trying to sell for over a year and it is complete DONE! Price right at only $5000 more that the current bid. I don’t get it?

  4. eBay Motors June 27, 2012 at 8:24 am Reply

    @Ron . Would you be able to share an update on your restoration project with us?

    • Ron Randolph June 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm Reply

      Yes I would, but I hope you are not in any hurry, I have several projects going on at the same time, and I don’t expect to complete the car in the near future.

  5. eBay Motors June 28, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply

    Hey Ron, certainly no rush. If you have any updates with photos, just send them to us at ebaymotors (at)

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