The Mercury Eight was produced from 1939 to 1951 and was slotted
between the Ford and Lincoln. There were 3 generations with the 3rd
only being created from 1949 to 1951. These cars were totally
redesigned and departed from the wide fender look of the 40's to
transition into the shoebox era. This generation also would become
a legacy in the custom car car world. The Barris Brother's, which
includes the famed George Barris, would create the first "lead
sled" in 1949 with Sam's personal car which went on to inspire
their design for one of the most famous custom cars in history, the
Hirohata Merc. These cars are characterized by their heavy
modifications and are named for "lead" after the body filler used
during that time and "sled" due to the lowering of the cars making
them appear to slide down the road. This very cool 1950 Mercury
lead sled is a nicely built car with a great look. It has the
traditional modifications of the sleds like the nosed/decked hood,
frenched headlights, fender skirts, shaved door handles and more.
It is painted in a nice two tone Purple and Silver paint job with
custom stainless trim separating the two tone. Silver pinstriping
has been added to the hood and deck lid but you will find subtle
accents also around things like the custom side mirrors and
frenched antenna. It has a split front windshield and the glass is
all tinted. The bumpers have a great shine and the custom grill has
the look from an early Corvette. It is a combination of chrome and
painted surfaces which really looks good. The car has a great side
profile that totally encompasses the lead sled style. The Purple
wheels with Tri-Bar hubcaps look great on it and the Wide Whites
are the perfect old school touch.
The motor is a big block 454 V8 that runs great. It has been nicely
dressed up with a lot of chrome components, Cool Flex hoses, custom
Mercury polished valve covers, and a custom painted/chromed batwing
style Cadillac air cleaner. You will find more pinstriping accents
throughout the engine compartment like on the inner fenders and it
has also been modified with a stainless steel plate on the
firewall. A polished aluminum radiator with polished overflow tank
have been added for cooling along with an electric fan with shroud.
The car drives down the road nicely and the motor is backed by a 4
speed automatic transmission and 10 bolt rear end. 4 wheel power
disc brakes are in place as well as power steering making it a
The interior has been completely redone in a two tone Purple and
Silver to match the body and is in excellent condition. It has dual
high back bucket seats sitting to each side of the custom center
console. That console houses a large storage compartment, 2
cupholders, and switches for the power windows. Where it feeds into
the dash is a custom pinstriped panel that contains the Alpine
AM/FM/CD player. The dash wears its original style trim but now as
a Dakota Digital gauge set up and inset adjustable vents for the
Vintage AC/Heat/Defrost system. In front of the driver is a painted
tilt column topped of with a Purple wrapped aftermarket steering
wheel and on the column is the shifter and it even has cruise
control. The trunk has all been upholstered and provides a ton of
This classic lead sled has traditional styling but combines that
with a lot of modern upgrades to make it much more road worthy than
it was originally. All of those customizations add up quickly so
save the time and money of doing it yourself and take advantage of
this already completed hot rod.
This cool classic is available for the very reasonable price of
1950 Mercury Eight
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