Glad Ellis' 1949 Mercury
1949 Mercury Convertible restyled by Valley Custom for Glad Ellis. In 1949 Glad bought himself a brand new 1949 Mercury, by the time he worked at General Motor. Glad was really obsessed with the Oldsmobile, Chevrolet and Cadillac Hardtop style. In fact he liked the style so much that he decided to put a hardtop on his Merc. He brought it over to Valley Custom in order to get his idea realized. A brand new Cadillac De Ville top was mounted. The rear deck was extended 14 inches in able to accept the new top. The Cadillac rear quarter windows could not be used because the top needed to be placed a bit lower. This problem was solved by making a three piece Lucite windshield for the new opening. The windshield top bow needed to be reshaped in order to fit the new top. All the chrome on the hood and trunk were removed, so were the door handles. The grille surround however was chrome plated.
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