Squeak Bell's 1940 Mercury

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The Merc as it sat when Squeak Bell bought it in October of 2021. Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
The Merc had been parked up in San Jose, California since 1961 when Squeak bought it. "The urban myth is that Errol Flynn crashed the car at a party at a ranch in Alviso, California," Squeak told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama after he had purchased it. The guy that owned it died about 10 years ago, and Squeak bought the car from the kids that were clearing the estate. Squeak had known about the car for the last 30+ years, and the old owner told him that he had bought it from the Flynn family in Alviso, California in the 1960s. "Apparently it had a mildly customized front end, that was damaged and replaced with stock Sheetmetal. " Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
One of the remaining custom touches on the car is the Hall Top with a leopard skin print headliner. Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.
Finally out of storage. The old Merc on its way to its new home in Bakersfield, California. Photo courtesy of Squeak Bell.

Lost and Found


1940 Mercury Convertible Sedan owned by Squeak Bell of Bakersfield, California. Squeak purchased the old custom in October of 2021. It had been parked up in San Jose, California since 1961, and it came with an urban myth about the famous actor Errol Flynn. "The urban myth is that Errol Flynn crashed the car at a party at a ranch in Alviso, California," Squeak told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama after he had purchased it. The guy that owned it died about 10 years ago, and Squeak bought the car from the kids that were clearing the estate. Squeak had known about the car for the last 30+ years, and the old owner told him that he had bought it from the Flynn family in Alviso, California in the 1960s. "Apparently it had a mildly customized front end, that was damaged and replaced with stock Sheetmetal. " According to Squeak, the car appears to have its original black paint. A dropped axle had been installed to lower the car, and the biggest mystery according to Squeak, it the complete Hall Top with a leopard skin print headliner.


Secure and Preserve

When Squeak came across the car, he knew he had to secure it before someone else got hold of it and threw away the top, "or what ever restorers do..." His plans with the car is to get it running and driving as it is for now.


Looking for Info

Squeak Bell is currently trying to trace the history of his Merc. Do you recognize the old custom? Have you heard about it? Or do you have any info about Errol Flynn and his cars to share? Please get in touch with Kustomrama at mail@kustomrama.com if you have any info to share. Any clues as to this cars history would be highly appreciated.




 

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