This ’49 Mercury coupe from Hot Rod Hotline is lowered with a 4″ chop, and features frenched headlights, a rounded hood, triple sidepipes, an old-school shade of red paint with white scallops, separated by a gold pinstripe, a frenched antennae on the right fender, ’51 Mercury skirts, chrome and stainless throughout, slanted door posts with “poppers,” brand-new, Goodyear wide white radials with Dodge Lancer hubcaps and rear shocks–operated from the inside, on an original chassis.
The hood of this old-school Mercury coupe is also shaved and louvered, with the door and deck lids also being shaved. The red coupe is also adorned throughout with skilled pinstriping, and under the louvered-and-rounded hood is a 5.0 Ford V8 connected to a five-speed, the drivetrain being backed by a 10-bolt, GM rear.
The car also features a brand-new serpentine belt with a new steering and water pump, Vintage Air, aluminum radiator with a 180-degree thermostat and electric fan, and a new fuel tank to keep everything running.
Inside is a tan, leather interior with bucket seats, and a custom-made console with a glovebox and cupholders. The headliner and doors are also custom-sculpted, and the coupe features power-tinted windows. A GM tilt with a custom steering wheel keeps the retro rod planted straight on the road, and the dash, which is nearly like brand-new, features a JVC sound system with a CD player and multiple speakers.
According to some accounts, the car’s original owner had driven the Mercury to Indiana with ease, achieving a rather impressive gas mileage of 23MPG, not too bad for a full-sized, American car of the era. The coupe is also said to be “pleasurable” to drive, and with these kinds of bodylines and attention-to-detail, we can clearly see why.