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Mercury unknown

Mercury unknown in Jay Leno's Garage (CNBC), Non-fiction TV, 2015-2019 IMDB Ep. 4.07

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: US

Mercury unknown

Position 00:31:30 [*] Background vehicle

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supcoach US

2019-06-03 00:51

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1949 - Series 9CM coupe (72)

1950 - Series OCM - coupe (M-72-A)

1951 - Series 1CM - coupe (M-72-B)

Skywatcher68 US

2019-06-03 16:31

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Identified as a '49 here, which also says this used to be a four-door.

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supcoach US

2019-06-03 17:26

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It sounds like the writer made an error by calling it an ex-four door 1949 Mercury coupe. Over 120,000 coupes were made in 1949 and I can't see someone going to all the trouble of chopping a four door to make a coupe.

So, as there were no specific model names in 1949, just call it a 1949 Mercury coupe. (Series 9CM) (Model 72)

Skywatcher68 US

2019-06-03 17:34

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supcoach wrote It sounds like the writer made an error by calling it an ex-four door 1949 Mercury coupe. Over 120,000 coupes were made in 1949 and I can't see someone going to all the trouble of chopping a four door to make a coupe.


How many of those 120,000 made it to France? ;)

supcoach US

2019-06-03 19:49

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Further down in the article it says that the guy made it from a four door. WHY? Been cheaper to import a coupe. Then forgetting my previous comments and saying that the writer was correct and this was originally a four door (150,000+) (still skeptical)

Then a (Series 9CM) (Model 74) Sport Sedan converted to a coupe

AnimatronixX DE

2019-06-03 20:04

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I don't know anything about the car in question, but transforming a "lame" sedan into a "cool" coupe (not my opinions!) isn't exactly uncommon in the customizing scene. All that channeling, frenching, top chopping, stretching or cutting doesn't faze these guys anyway and a complete change of the body style has happened many times before - I wouldn't be surprised if a Mercury sedan once lost his suspenders that way in order to create the result above.

Baube QC

2019-06-03 23:15

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supcoach wrote Further down in the article it says that the guy made it from a four door. WHY? Been cheaper to import a coupe.

for fun ? there was a show here a few years ago where a guy took a 1993-1999 VW Jetta and turned it into a coupe
would have been way much easier to buy a Golf ( ok, Golf is hatchback but available in less doors than Jetta )

supcoach US

2019-06-03 23:53

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"for fun ? there was a show here a few years ago where a guy took a 1993-1999 VW Jetta and turned it into a coupe
would have been way much easier to buy a Golf ( ok, Golf is hatchback but available in less doors than Jetta )"

That was my point exactly. WHY would someone take a four door and make it a two door. I can see them making a convertible out of a four door, but a two door no, especially when you can buy one and customize to your heart's content. The writer was getting his info from the person who owned the car. Perhaps said owner was confused or embellished OR consumed way too much of the grape. France definitely has good wine.

AnimatronixX DE

2019-06-04 00:50

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supcoach wrote That was my point exactly. WHY would someone take a four door and make it a two door.


Three suitable answers to that:

1) Across the scene coupes are considered the real deal, sedans are rather unloved (see above)
2) The journey is the destination - customizing is an attitude, not a job
3) A passionate customizer never asks "why" - all he wants to know is "how". :)

night cub US

2019-06-04 00:51

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Project X? He took a GTI and mated it with a Jetta to create a Jetta coupe:
https://www.vwvortex.com/resources/project_cars/projectx/index.html

Why would anyone do it? Because it was a throw-back to the first two Jetta generations that offered 2-door models.

Baube QC

2019-06-04 00:59

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like that one.. ( apart for the wheels that gets nearly in the arch )

if i remember correctly i think there was some rumors for a Jetta coupe some time ago... but they stayed that way.. :/

tore-40 NO

2019-06-04 02:41

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As @AnimatronixX stated above, building your own lead sled isn't that uncommon. This article from hotrod.com shows a similar conversion in detail.

Skywatcher68 US

2019-06-04 16:31

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tore-40 wrote As @AnimatronixX stated above, building your own lead sled isn't that uncommon. This article from hotrod.com shows a similar conversion in detail.


And addresses the "why" as well:
Quote More than six decades of accidents, rusting, and botched customizing have sent most to the junkyards for crushing and recycling. Of those that survived, the supply of two-doors is well-picked-over at this point, as with other popular body styles. Unwanted “more-doors” are comparatively plentiful, of course, and clean examples are priced considerably cheaper than their two-door counterparts. Thus was Chad quick to snap up this clean ’51, despite its excessive doors. A $200 ’50 Merc carcass from Michigan and a good pair of doors from a friend’s two-door were all he needed to execute the low-buck transformation. “You hate to cut up any vintage body, especially a Mercury,” he concedes, “but any affordable two-doors are usually so bad that nobody will buy them.”

We wouldn’t shed a tear for the rusty Michigan donor. It’s just like so many vintage cars we’ve seen in junkyards: too far gone to be usable. Fortunately, though, even the worst basket cases are typically rotted only part way up the quarter-panels; the roof and windows are often intact. While nobody wants to build a car around a roof and windows and fabricate everything below the beltline, Chad’s method uses otherwise-throwaway hulks to help create a highly desirable car out of an otherwise-overlooked four-door. Seeing such a successful, inexpensive merger inspires us to start beating the bushes for a rust-eaten Merc or other cancerous, two-door donor that’s been left behind by rodders seeking solid bodies. Finding a complete, compatible four-door of similar vintage for merging will be relatively simple. Someone with basic bodyworking skills and tools can combine the two for a fraction of the cost of buying or building a popular coupe or hardtop.


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