The All New XM 800
Hello, I'm Tom Maruska and you're witnessing history being made as the 1954
Mercury XM-800 concept car drives into view.
You see, the XM-800 was a push car when new. It was common for auto
manufacturers to not make their concept cars fully functional for cost
saving measures. The XM-800 lacked certain drive train components needed
to make it driveable. I installed these missing components when I restored
The XM-800 was designed by John Najjar of the Lincoln-Mercury Design
Division of Ford Motor Company in 1952. It was built in late 1953 and is
crafted entirely of fiberglass. a new challenge in the auto industry and
Fords first venture into fiberglass. Even the bumpers are fiberglass and
chrome plated, likely the first plastics ever to be chrome plated. I
restored the XM-800 over the winter of 2008/2009.The windshield and rear
windows are plexiglass. The Xm-800 features power windows, power seats,
power brakes and sual Exhaust. All
quite commonplace in todays automobiles but something quite amazing in
1954. It also features power opening and closing hood and trunk lids as
well as a power reclining front passenger seat. These are features you
still not available in todays autos.
Other features include bucket seats front and rear, something not repeated
in the auto industry until Pontiac did it in 1960. It has center consoles
front and rear which contain controls for the seats and windows as well as
a place to store personal items and cigarette lighters and ash trays.
The XM-800 has an aircraft inspired instrument panel which includes a new
instrument, a tachometer, which tells the engine speed in revolutions per
Many of the features from the XM-800 show up in later Ford products,
particularily the 1956 Lincoln Premier.
The XM-800 is the first ever Ford product with fins.
The XM-800 premiered at the February 1954 Detroit auto show alongside the
all new Thunderbird and as we know, the Thunderbird made it to production
but the XM-800 did not. If built it would have been built of steel.
The XM-800 was featured in the 1954 movie "Womans World" starring Fred
MacMurray, Lauren Bacall, Van Hefflin, June Allyson, Clifton Webb, Arlene
Dahl and Cornell Wilde.
Minneature models of the XM-800 were free inside boxes of Post Grape Nuts
The XM-800 appeared in Many Auto magazines including Motor Trend, Road &
Track and Car Life
The entire history of the XM-800 and it's complete restoration can be seen
by visiting www.tbirdsquare.com
57 Tulsa buried 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Boyd Coddington
Tulsa Story :This is a video pictorial of the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere that
was buried in
Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 15, 1957 as a time capsule. It was uncovered 50
years later on June 15, 2007.
I was hoping to see a pristine version of "Miss Belvedere", but as it
out, the vault leaked and filled with water, causing much damage to the
automobile. As a car enthusiast, I watched the story develop over the
few years. I waited and watched it live online as she was extracted from
the ground. When I saw the rust-colored dirt and muck on her, I had a bad
feeling about her condition.
I wish the person who won this car (by guessing the closest to the town's
actual 2007 population back in 1957) could have it restored, but that would
be a massive undertaking. On the other hand, she should get a chance to
I hope you enjoy the video, along with some before, during, and after
update the winner of this car was
Raymond Humbertson died in 1979
he was Marine and a Korean War veteran
he has 2 sisters who may inherit he car
Miss Belvedere Moves On
By Old Cars Weekly
After spending nearly 50 years quietly rusting beneath the Tulsa County
Courthouse lawn, the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere affectionately known as "Miss
Belvedere," is on the road once again.
Don't get too excited, when she rolled out of Tulsa earlier today, it
wasn't under her own power—she was whisked out of town in the back of a
After months of legal wrangling to establish ownership of what is clearly
the most famous "finned" Mopar in the world (yes, even more famous than
Stephen King's "infamous" Christine), Miss Belvedere has begun her journey
to New Jersey — and possibly a rust-free future.
Levada Humbertson Carney and Catherine Humbertson Johnson, elderly sisters
from Maryland, will officially take possession of the Belvedere as
beneficiaries of their brother Raymond Humbertson who won the car as part
of a contest held back in 1957.
Buried with the car was a time capsule containing people's guesses as to
what the population of Tulsa would be in 2007. Included among the hundreds
of guesses, was one made by Raymond Humbertson of Cumberland, Md., who died
in 1979. His guess was only 2,286 off the actual census numbers, closer
than any other entry.
Assisting the cars elderly owners will be Levada Carney's son Robert Carney
and Dwight Foster, President of the UltraOne Corporation.
As you will recall, as part of this ongoing saga, New Jersey-based
UltraOne, manufacturer of a line of rust removal products, will now begin
the pain-staking process of de-rusting and preserving what remains of the
According to Robert Carney, the car, which suffers from extensive damage
after being submerged in conditions described as a "watery grave" for an
unknown number of years, may eventually be able to take to the road under
her own power.
Once Miss Belvedere arrives in New Jersey she will undergo a lengthy
cleansing and rust removal process that her new owners and the folks at
UltraOne hope will stabilize the car before sealing it with a clear-coat
designed to halt the rusting process.
"We will not be restoring the car but preserving her for the future," Mr.
Foster told the Tulsa World. "We have to stop the rust, because if nothing
is done, this car will be dust in two years."
According to the UltraOne Web site, future plans for Miss Belvedere could
include a second Tulsa unveiling and a tour around the country for special
events. Following the tour, the car's future remains unclear.
However, it has speculated that the car could find her way to the
Barrett-Jackson auction block in Scottsdale in the coming years.
we will miss you the legend Boyd Coddington,
American Dreamcars (Trailer)
50er Jahre in den USA: Die Nation startet durch! Über die Highways rollen
Automobile in den gewagtesten Formen, aufregendsten Farben und steilsten
Heckflossen, die die Nation je gesehen hat. Die Highway-Stars von Cadillac
bis Oldsmobile in Original Werbefilmen der Fifties, der Blütezeit des
Autowerbung als schräger science fiction, rührende love story oder
Musical. Autos verwandeln sich in Raketen, Schauspielerinnen verlieben sich
in Autopolster, Musicalstars tanzen um glänzende Chromkälber: Nichts war
unmöglich im amerikanischen Autowerbefilm der 50er Jahre.
Noch gibt es eine beachtliche Typenvielfalt mit Marken wie Kaiser,
Studebaker oder Nash. Marken, die den Konkurrenzkampf der 50er nicht
überleben werden und das Feld allein den großen Drei aus Detroit
überlassen werden: GM, Ford und Chrysler. Mit deutschem Kommentar von
Die Darsteller (u.a.): Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Corvette, Chrysler, De
Dodge, Edsel., Firebird, Ford, , Kaiser, Mercury, Motorama, Nash, Plymoth,
Rambler, Skyliner, Studebaker, Sunliner, Thunderbird...
Die DVD ist hier erhältlich:
Mercury Cars of 1949 to 1951
The Mercury car model has been around since 1939 and was introduced as a
mid range priced vehicle by Edsel Ford.
Cars built between 1949 and 1951, would in later years prove to be very
popular amongst the Hot Rod Car Enthusiasts. They would reshape the steel
to produce cars that would set a new standard for Customized Vehicles.
Early model Mercury cars of 1949 to 1951 had a 90 degree V type, "L" head 8
cylinder engine with a displacement of 255.4 cubic inches. These engines
put out 112 horsepower at 3600 R.P.M.
Later model cars of 1955 replaced the "L" engine with the "Y" block V-8
producing between 188 and 198 horsepower dependant on the
engine type for that year.
This slide show is a part of a series of pictures of cars from different
car shows that I've attended here in Southern California U.S.A.
SOLD 1950 Mercury Coupe Hot Rod for sale by Corvette Mike Anaheim California 92807
1950 Mercury Custom Coupe Candy Apple Red w/White interior.
If you get a bunch of gearheads in a room together and they get to talking
about what the ultimate hot rod is, inevitably there will be three
constants on the list; the '32 Ford Hi Boy Roadster, the '32 Ford 3 window
coupe and the subject of this ad; the iconic '50 Merc coupe.
The quintessential lead sled; the Merc defined the full bodied hot rod in
the '50's. Its flowing lines were a vast canvas on which customizers could
practice what was a fairly new art form back in the late '40's, early 50's.
Chopped, channeled, frenched and decked. That's what you did if you wanted
your Merc to stand out in a crowd!
And the sled being offered here does that in spades!
Designed to emulate customs made famous by legends like Sam and George
Barris, Gene Winfield and many others, this rolling piece of art has all of
the elements mentioned above, in addition to being wrapped in stunning
Candy Apple Red paint, white tuck and roll interior with a multi-carb'd
Flathead under the hood! Held in a vast private collection consisting of
only the finest custom automobiles, the work was done by Steve's Auto
Restorations using elements of Chevrolet, Pontiac, Cadillac, Olds & Kaiser.
The hardtop body has no "B" pillar, the headlights have been "Frenched",
hood corners have been rounded and of course it wouldn't be a '50's custom
without Appleton spots!
The interior features white "Tuck and Roll", laminated plastic knobs and a
'57 Olds steering wheel, power steering, a hidden audio system and solenoid
operated doors, windows and trunk The business end features a full dress
Motorhead City 1950 Flathead engine featuring an Offenhauser intake and
heads and three Stromberg '97 carbs. House of Color supplied the Candy
Apple over Gold exterior and "Von Dutch" style pinstriping. Wides whites
with full Cadillac wheel covers completes the deal!
It's an investment grade custom that spells upside in it's fortunate new
owners future. It was good enough for James Dean! Stk #N/A
1962 Imperial Lebaron & Imperial Crown Promotional Film
This is a promo featuring the 1962 Imperial Crown and LeBaron. They also
focus on the move from the Imperial factory to the Chrysler factory.
Imperials had been built in their own factory like Cadillac and Lincoln.
Many people this gave the car less prestige.
1950 Mercury Lead Sled Test Drive Classic Muscle Car for Sale in MI Vanguard Motor Sales
http://www.ClassicCarBuyingSecrets.com Click now for an instant download
on "How to Avoid the 7 Deadliest Mistakes of Buying a Classic Car Online"!
"Lil Darlin" comes with a full size display of features for car shows,
several plaques from the James Dean Car Shows, and a book of photographs
from the build. This car is autographed by George Barris on the firewall!
350ci Chevy Engine
350 turbo Transmission
3 Single Throat Carbs
Steel Braided Hoses
Power Front Disc Brakes
Chrome Close-Out Panel
Fend Aluminum Oil Pan
Steering Gear is in Good Shape
12 Volt System
GM A Body Front Sub Frame and Suspension
Rebuilt Rear Springs
Dual Exhaust is in Great Shape
Period Correct Rear End
Front Sway Bar
Chopped, Nosed, Decked
'55 Desoto Grill
Frenched in Blue Dot Taillights
Pin-Striping in the Door Jambs
Doors Fit and Operate Great
Door Lips and Jambs are Clean and Solid
Trunk Popper in Dash
Beautiful Custom Finished Trunk
Wide White Wall Firestone Tires - 205/75 Front and Rear
Very Solid Frame
Floorboards look to be Original
Undercoating on Floorboards
Rockers are Solid
Body Mounts Look Great
Solid Heavy Duty X Frame
GM A Body Front Sub Frame and Suspension
Quarters are Solid, Original Metal
Beautiful Rolled and Pleated Interior
White Upholstery with Maroon Piping
Cadillac Steering Wheel
Beautifully Painted Dash
Custom AutoMeter Gauges
Working Dome Light
'76 Toro Seats
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67-68 Cougar Buying Guide: What To Look For
In this video, Don does a detailed inspection on a 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7
to show some of the things you should look for when buying one of these
classic cars. Some of the insight here can potentially save you hundreds,
even thousands, when you go to negotiate with a seller. Also, it will help
those of you trying to sell, to more accurately advertise the strengths and
weaknesses of your car.
We've also done a similar video with a 1970 Cougar convertible, so you may
want to check that out too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fizb2vo68vA
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American Classic Cars 50s 60s
Rekindling fond memories of legendary american cars of the Golden years
manufactured in Detroit, the World Capital of Automobile.*
* video slide show based on hi-res scans of dealer brochures and
manufacturer sales catalogs, with courtesy to the various copyright owners