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Beautiful Mercury's at Huffarama
Mercury's at Huffarama - Ontario, Calif. The Chopped Merc or Lead Sled got its start in Southern California. But who chopped the first 49-51 Mercury? Most agree it was Sam Barris. Yet there was a hand full of early customizers in the early 50's such at Dick Dean, Joe Bailon, Al Ayala and Bill Hines the Leadslinger. Sound track... Last Kiss Goodnight by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100611 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Mercury Kustom Lead Sled
By MiguelCaparros In the 50's and 60's cars used to be traded in or passed down every two years. The relatively low cost of the cars and the booming economy created an environment where cars were "old" within 4 years. This created a situation that made cars very affordable. A high line car, such as the Mercury could be afforded by a young working family or an enterprising mechanic or customizer. This car is obviously a modern build done by a professional, the lines and and the design elements are right out of the 1950's era builders. Referred as lead sleds, due to the using of molten lead to fill any of the cuts and body work that were done to modify the appearance. A whole new vocabulary was born, french, scalloped, low rider and others became part of the language. The trends created by the Custom builders influence future designs of production cars. The low and wide designs of the 60's culminated in the "wide look" of the 60's.

1950 Mercury - A Special Filming - Lombard Car Show
A small world when you run into friends of our spokeswoman Jen. We finally met and have a special look at this recently released modification and custom ride - a 1950 Mercury

Awesome 1951 Mercury "Lead Sled"
Awesome 1951 Mercury "Lead Sled". Video by dougcameraman