The favorite line I hear from customers who first walk into the shop is â€œwhat sort of business plan did you write before you openedâ€? The answer is always â€œGood planning is way over ratedâ€.
Having this 1939 Mercury Convertible Coupe here in our shop is a reminder of how no truer words were ever said.
I could never have imagined having a car of this scarcity and quality entrusted to us for sale a few years back.
In a word, the car is breathtaking the first time you lay eyes on it.
The car had been in dry storage since 1965 but when purchased several years ago for over $20,000, it was in a dilapidated condition.
The build theme behind the car before a bolt was turned was to be â€œAn Elitist Carâ€, one that a pre war 1930â€™s movie star such as Clark Gable would have ordered, had modified and then driven.
It was meant to be a statement car, one that said â€œThis started out as a rare car and now has been customized to improve a great designâ€.
The Fender Skirts were designed to be reminiscent of the Bee Gee Airplanes, the fastest airplanes flown during the 30â€™s.
This was to be a rendering of what a car could have been in the hands of a premier shop undertaking the task of designing a knockout vision of an ultimately rare model of car during this time period.
This was a no expense exercise in creating a build statement of unqualified period excellence.
This is an artistâ€™s pursuit into creating something unique and beautiful from another, long gone era.
The body and frame were separated and both media blasted to expose any issues from the ravages of time.
The frame was slightly modified at the rear above the axle to allow the car to be lowered slightly and allow full suspension travel by allowing the bump stop to be moved slightly higher.
The front spring pack was flipped to create the same effect in front.
The frame was then powder coated before further assembly was begun.
The 276 cubic inch Ford Flathead engine was rebuilt with period hot rod pieces including the Mercury Crank, Performance Camshaft, Offenhauser Heads and topped with a set of Progressive 3 Duece Carbs.
New bearings and pistons were part of the program and the motor runs tight with no leaks.
A Lincoln Zephyr 3 Speed Manual Transmission was rebuilt and resides behind the engine.
The whole assembly runs out very well and to have a â€œcamâ€ in the Flathead makes listening to the idle a pleasure.
The body, after being media blasted and then ironed out with all corroded metal replaced was blocked to perfection.
A gas door from a 1941 Ford was added and the rear trunk corners rounded for a beautiful look.
The license plate was Frenched and the trunk latch â€œhiddenâ€ allowing the handle to be smoothed.
Once all of the modifications were made, the inside and outside of the body were powder coated prior to paint.
The Top Bows of the convertible top were altered to allow a better line to the Ford folding roof.
German Convertible Canvas material was used to create a smooth, tight fit.
Fender Skirts with â€™41 Buick Fender Skirt Tags were added to enhance the Pre-War Custom look along with Bumpers from a 1940 Oldsmobile.
The problem with the car is that you cannot look at it without finding another subtle change or period enhancement no matter how many times you come back to it.
The problem with taking images and posting them is that they cannot convey the presence of the car, you have to be standing next to it.
For more images send us your e-mail address and I will forward them on to you.
The car is available for inspection 9-5, Monday through Friday at Automania, 895 SE Gladiola Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97528, 541 479 8888, Oregon Dealer DA1287.
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We accept collected funds only and for the amount of the sale.
A $1000 deposit must be made within two days of the end of the sale through Paypal or other means of collected funds.
We offer a 7 day grace period after this Ebay sale closes to inspect the vehicle yourself and if it is not to your liking, a full refund of the deposit will be made.
There will be no questions asked, after your inspection at our shop, if you do not like the vehicle.
Payment is due in full after 7 days.
The vehicle cannot be picked up until funds have cleared or prior arrangements have been completed.
Shipping quotes should be from 97526 Grants Pass, Oregon to where you are.
Please, do not use fly by night shippers.
We try to offer clean vehicles honestly and to see some loon strapping a car to an open trailer with bald tires is heart breaking.
I can assist the shippers, but that will have to be ordered and paid for by the winning bidder.
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If you have any questions, please e-mail me before bidding and I will do everything I can to answer your questions.
Thanks and good luck.
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On Sep-16-12 at 23:21:58 PDT, seller added the following information: siskiyousam Store