Leo Lyons' 1950 Mercury
1950 Mercury built and owned by Leo Lyons of San Bernardino, California. Leo's Merc is also known as the "Ultra Modern Merc". Leo transformed his Merc to a low and sleek custom with an original and pace-setting design. The car was built over a span of nine years, it was almost entirely crafted of aluminum. Both front and rear pans were rolled. The grille shelll was molded and a set of Buick headlights were recessed in the fenders. Chrome bullets were installed beneath the headlights. A mesh screen was used as grille, and a center star was installed for decorative purposes. Not much chrome were installed, Leo used a set of 1955 Chevrolet side trim and a 1957 Ford antenna on the deck lid. The rear fenders had open tips with Pontiac exhaust pieces used for bumperettes. The fenders skirts were flared. The body was painted blue, and a luxurious matching interior was stitched up. The dashboard was custom made for both glamour and safety. Blue and white Naugahyde was used for upholstery stitchwork of the seats, headliner, side panels and doors. The build cost Leo $5000
In March of 2013 the Ultra Modern Merc was advertised for sale at the HAMB. The car was located in the Nor Cal Bay Area, and the asking price was 7 500 USD. At the time, the suspension and brakes were gone through, and the car moved under it's own power. It needed a little more work in order to be driven though. Kustomrama listed the car for sale on their Classifieds section. Geoffrey Hacker saw the ad and bought the car in June of 2013.
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