Bill Spurgeon's 1939 Mercury

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This photo is dated January 1st, 1947. Photo courtesy of Jerry Alward.
The back of the photo with descriptions about the car. Photo courtesy of Jerry Alward.

1939 Mercury Coupe restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1946. The car was partly done at the shop were George Barris worked his way up to the foreman, Jones's Body, Fender & Paint Shop. The car received a wonderful chop, and the rear fenders were molded to the body in order to give it a smoother look. The running boards were removed, and a piece of sheet metal was welded and rolled under the body. Jim Kirstead's 1939 Mercury was given the same treatment, and it's possible that they used a set of factory rockers from another car. The car was nosed and decked, and had the side trim shortened on the hood. Fender skirts and Flipper hubcaps were installed, and accessory curb feelers were added. The bodywork cost $300 to complete, and the cherry apple red paint job cost $175.[1]


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