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1951 Mercury Sedan

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.

Four blocks from my home I discovered this '51 Mercury sitting on a driveway getting a powerwash of the engine compartment. Imagine my complete surprise to see this original survivor so close to home. One just never knows when, where, and what any car buff will find, and this is one of them. The owner went to London, Ontario, Canada, to purchase this Mercury and brought it back. The owner took out the radiator and will replace that and other engine parts to bring it back up to speed. The '51 Mercury is the last year of the " bathtub" design that was popular with some car makes like Lincoln, Packard and Nash. The '51 had a bolder grille and extended rear fenders with those upright taillights. The spotlight, sun visor and fender skirts were extra cost options. The new option this year was the Merc-O-Matic Drive automatic transmission. Mercury models this year are the coupe, Monterey coupe with canvas top or the vinyl top, the Sport Sedan 4 door, convertible coupe and the 2 door, 8 passenger,r woody wagon. I believe this is a 4 door Sport Sedan minus the canvas or vinyl roof of which I've seen photos of. The only engine is a V8, 255 cid., with 112 bhp. Features that are found on this Merc are the optional sun visor, spotlight and fender skirts. Also, suicide doors are still in use, "blue dot " taillights, chrome trim in front of the rear bumper, well preserved interior, front and rear bumper guards and two-tone paint. You will see a window decal on left rear door showing London, Ontario Fire Department. This example is one of 157,648 4 door sedans sold this year. I'm fortunate to bring this Mercury to you for your admiration. Many thanks to you for viewing this 1951 Mercury Sedan.

Wolf driving 1951 Mercury Custom
Wolf is driving up to the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2007