1949 Mercury Sedan “Lead Sled” History The Mercury Eight was the first model of the Ford Motor Company''s 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 newly-designed 1949 Ford. The styling of the Mercury Eight, when it was released in 1949, was successful in both ending the monotony of warmed-over pre-war 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 & Custom''s "Twenty Best of All Time" list in 1991. The Eight remains a very popular subject for car modellers. VIN 9CM81897 This professional build was completed January 1, 2005. There are 17,500 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 $15,000 in 2008 to upgrade the engine compartment to what it looks like today. The shop that did the restoration was called Ray’s Fabrication & Development (they have closed since then). The car has spent all its life in the San Diego area to the best of the owner’s knowledge. 2 huge 3-ring binders documenting the entire restoration, photographs, receipts, manuals, awards and a matching shirt are included in the sale. Mechanics Chevrolet 402ci Bored .040 Over to 408ci Block TH-400 Transmission ‘76-’79 Lincoln Versailles 9” Open Rear End with 2:75 Gear Ratio Dual Quad Weber 500cfm Carbs Edelbrock Performer Dual Quad Air Gap Intake Manifold Power 4 Wheel Disc Brakes Power Steering Vintage Air Conditioning Lokar Kick-Down Kit Fabricated Drive Shaft Edelbrock Black Classic Dual Quad Air Cleaner and Valve Covers GM HEI Ignition MSD Coil Billet Distributor A/C Compressor East Coast Auto Electric Super-Mini 120amp Alternator Aluminum Radiator Overflow Tank Custom Aluminum Fan Shroud 7 Blade Clutch Fan, Painted Black Rod Factory Flat Black Olympic Coated Shorty Headers 2.5” Aluminized Dual Exhaust Dynamax Mufflers ‘70-’81 Camaro IFS Front Clip Camaro Track Performance Parallel Leaf Springs Custom Modified Transmission Access Trunk Mounted Optima Battery Custom Aluminum Gas Tank and Straps Body 1949 Mercury Original Body and Frame PPG Black Pearl Base Coat/Clear Coat with White Pearl Tribal Flames Tinted Windows 3M Paint Protection Film “Clear Coat” Bra and Visor Gorgeous Chrome Bumper Original Stainless Steel Grille Beautiful Trim Split Windshield Halogen Headlights Stock Tail Lights Shaved Hood, Trunk, Door Handles Keyless Entry (Rolls Down Window and Trunk Popper) Fiberglass Front Valance Doors Fit Beautifully Door Lips and Jambs are Clean and Solid Fender Skirts Removed Budnik Famosa Wheels - 15x7 Front, 15x10 Rear BF Goodrich Tires - 225/60/15 Front, 295/50/15 Rear Beautiful Undercoating on Original Floors Powder Coated Frame, Dove Gray Color Original X-Frame is Solid Rockers are Gorgeous Interior Custom Grey Leather Interior 6 Way Driver Seat, 2 Way Passenger Seat Classic Instruments Gauges Budnik Steering Wheel Sony AM/FM/CD Stereo with Remote Power Windows Custom Door Panels with Built-In Speakers Custom Door Latches Vintage A/C and Heater Gorgeous Paint Job on the Dash 1976 Ford Thunderbird Modified Split Front Seat Custom Narrowed Rear Seat Grey Carpet Cloth Headliner with Working Dome Light Custom Finished Trunk in Matching Leather and Carpet Spare Tire and Cover Don’t Miss Out! 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