We're Crazy About Those Mercurys
I can't say for sure, but I might hazard a guess that most people might agree that they like Mercs. That classic '49, '50 and '51 Mercury may just be the ride that can get the consensus vote. Even two years after I first pondered the question of a "unifying ride" those big beautiful Mercurys, with out a doubt, consistently get great response both here on the site and all our social media pages. I believe Mr. Alan Jackson had it right when he crooned he was "Crazy 'Bout a Mercury". And it seems that most everyone else is too. Especially the custom guys. Customizing the '49, '50 and '51 Mercurys started almost instantly off the lot. Quite possibly the watershed moment for customizing Mercs came in 1952 when the Barris brothers got their hands on one. The fruit of their effort, the Hirohata Merc has been described as "the most famous custom car ever." The brothers with their Hirohata Merc build, "set a style and attitude that had a momentous effect on custom car builders". The Merc would never be the same. I believe many, many Mercs out there today clearly embody that spirit of the Barris's. Although sometimes elusive, I can go several shows with nary a Merc in sight. I have seen a few in my day. I thought I would try to gather as many as I could and show them off together. These babies come from Arizona to Florida, Kentucky to California and many points in between. Bone stock or customized to within an inch of the ground, Mercs are clearly woven into the fiber of our love affair with American iron.
Let me tell you what. When my ship comes in, I'm gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road too!
I put together a little slideshow of more Mercurys, but there's a spoiler. Can you spot which one of these is not like the others.
Keep your eyes peeled for these beauties and don't hesitate to send any you come across my way!
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!