Ulf Jansson's 1956 Mercury
1956 Mercury owned and restyled by Ulf Jansson of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Ulf traded a 1957 Chevrolet for the Mercury in the 1960s. He liked the more rounded body of the Merc and felt that it would make a better-looking custom. Ulf started restyling the Merc shortly after he got it. The stock roof was modified with glass from a Crown Victoria, and the taillights were tunneled deeply into the quarter panels. The corners of the deck lid were rounded, and the car was fit with sunken antennas, a popular custom trick in Sweden in the 1960s. The Crown Victoria chrome trim was also used on the inside of the car.
Sold to Lennart Sahlin
Lennart Sahlin of Sollefteå bought the Mercury in 1974. When Lennart got the car, it was very rusty, so he had to repair a lot of rust damages. Colorod Magazine ran a featured story on the car in their October 1976 issue, by then the car was powered by a 292 y-block engine that ran a 312 cam and crankshaft. The carburetor was a 2-barrel unit from a 289 Mustang. The engine was hooked to the stock 3-speed transmission with a floor shift. Lennart ran the Merc on 7 x 14 Cragar SS wheels with 205 Cleber tires. He did also lower it an additional 1 1/2 inches up front. All body modifications were done with lead, so no traces of bondo was to be found on the car. The canted quad headlights on the car were Opel Cibie lights. When Lennart restored the Merc, he laid down a lot of work into the interior of the car. Most of the dash was taken from a 1965 Chevrolet. All knobs came from a Jaguar, and seats from a 1954 Volvo Duett were installed along with a center console from a 1964 Ford sport coupe. A Grant steering wheel and an 8-track stereo system was top of the line in 1976. The upholstery was done in white diamond pleats. Once the bodywork was done, Egon Andersson gave the car a Copper Metallic paint job. When the restored version of the car was featured in Colorod Oktober 1976 Lennart had spent 3 years and 13.000 SEK restoring the car. Bo Bertilsson photographed the Merc at the dragstrip in Huddik, before Lennart had installed the grille.
Sold to Stickan Amren
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