1949 Mercury Customized Convertible

Summary

Long, low, and well rounded, stock 1949-51 Mercurys became the favorite cars of 1950s customizers. When lowered even more and smoothed out by filling body seams with lead, these Mercs were called "lead sleds." This car shows many early customizing techniques. It was updated in the 1960s with sparkly Metalflake paint and blue "scallops."

Long, low, and well rounded, stock 1949-51 Mercurys became the favorite cars of 1950s customizers. When lowered even more and smoothed out by filling body seams with lead, these Mercs were called "lead sleds." This car shows many early customizing techniques. It was updated in the 1960s with sparkly Metalflake paint and blue "scallops."

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1949

Creators

Barris Kustom Industries 

Carson Top Shop 

Ford Motor Company. Lincoln-Mercury Division 

Place of Creation

United States, California, North Hollywood 

United States, California, Los Angeles 

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by the Lincoln Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company with customization by Barris Kustom Industries of North Hollywood, California. Carson Top Shop in Los Angeles, California made the convertible top.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

92.110.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Leather
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Chromium

Technique

Customizing

Color

Purple
Blue
White (Color)

Inscriptions

Left and right fenders: Barris Kustom Crests

Specifications

Make & Model: 1949 Mercury convertible

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, and Barris Kustom Industries, North Hollywood, California

Engine: V-8, L-head valves, 276 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Height: 53.5 inches

Wheelbase: 118 inches

Width: 74 inches

Overall length: 207

Weight: 3800 pounds

Horsepower: 280

Pounds per horsepower: 13.6

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