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  • john williamson (Private)
    8 months ago
    looks like a Garwood boat windshield, great looking car, needs shorter steering column. 
  • darron edens (Private)
    8 months ago
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    This is my dads merc, i was 12 years old at that show, 32 now and just got done cruisin' the merc at chehalis Billetproof, cant believe there is a picture of it from that era on the internet :-) i see its been 5 years sence this was posted but if you see this mike , give me a call 360 219 7665 im sure dad would love to hear from ya.
  • My 51 Mercury (Private)
    8 months ago
    Lynn Goodwin-1950Merc-3Window
    Where can I find more literature about this car?.
  • My 51 Mercury (Private)
    8 months ago
    49mrec 3windowRH
    One hell of a mercury it's about time you see something different.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      8 months ago
      Was this car a four-door at one time?.
  • 8 months ago
    6/29/14 - This car 'lives' in the Kansas City area - saw it last weekend at a local cruise.  I'll try to get some more pictures and current information from the current owner - but no question it is the same car - license plate is the same and from what I could tell the only change is chrome reverse(?) wheels and knock off centers.
  • bob st clair (Private)
    8 months ago
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    need rear finder skirts for my 2005 dodge maginum r/t
  • 2 years 8 months ago
    polyn014
    I once owned the polynesian clone .
    I purchased it from Jack Walker . 
    Some of your photos are at my house in Novato ca.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      8 months ago
      So what, If any of us knew the popularity and the cost today to build what we used to own, a lot of us would not have sold them.
  • 4 years 2 months ago
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    Wow ! I have been looking for this car for 51 years ! I grew up in North Hollywood, and was offered this car in 1959. I had seen it on Van Nuys Blvd. near Victory. It was (and still is) the most beautiful car I have ever seen.About a year earlier I had purchased a 52 Chevy named Gee Whiz. I can't remember his name, but I think he lived in Pacoima or San Fernando. He wanted to trade even over for his former car.I wanted to do so immediately, but I was only 17 and my Father refused because the Merc was 12 years older than my Chevy which now had an Olds v8 which I had installed. I have carried this disappointment for the past 50+ years. I would have never sold it! I remember seeing the Merc one more time going south on Woodman from Cantara. I purchased a movie of the car at the Father's Roadster Show.I''ve owned dozens of cars but this one's the love of my life.I now drive a 4runner and a black on black on black 05 Mustang convertible.

    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      8 months ago
      I went to high school at Burbank Hi with Glen and later worked with him at Pacific Telephone. The car won 1st place at the Autorama Show in LA around 1960. I always thought it was a 1940. It is still my favorite Merc, 2nd was the 4 door convertable tub. My neighbor had one with a 289 in it but the pipes sounded just like a flathead. I had a 40 Ford coupe that I would now give my eyeteeth for now. George Clarke-
    • 1 year 6 months ago
      Wow, indeed.  The Hooker Mercury was, and is, possibly the best looking custom, ever.  Balanced, tight, and clean and completed in an era of what seemed the opposite . . . well?  I, too, was in love with this car.  There's just something about it.  Confidence?  The influence of esthetics?  A good eye?  Plus, Buick's Titian red lacquer. 
      I lived in Burbank in the very early sixties. but the Mercury was, by that time, gone.  It didn't seem to last too long after the movie role it played in A Strange Adventure (the guy really slammed the hood shut, with a resounding crunch, among other indignities).  I watch the movie just to see the Hooker Mercury.
      But yes, wow!.  A completely beautiful job by Valley Custom . . . yet another beautiful job by Neil and Clayton; they were so good . . . The Polynesian.  Dunn's sectioned shoebox.  Jelniks (?) '40, among so many others.
      Ps.  Imagine it, today, with thinner bumpers . . . but, I dream on . . .
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    8 months ago
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    Very Art Deco!
  • Monique lopez (Private)
    8 months ago
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    Does anyone know where I can get this picture of my grandpa? Was it in a magazine? Which one? Thanks
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    8 months ago
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    This car has been found if anyone is interested.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    8 months ago
    I knew Lee Wells in the early 1960's when he was building this car.  A friend, Peter Paul Gallo had a T-bird convertible customized by Lee and both cars really were beautiful.  And yes, Lee had his own shop when I met him.

    Dawn Ruhl Wilson

  • JoeBortz (Private)
    8 months ago
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    I believe that this was either 1989 or 1990 - Joe's cars were at Pebble Beach both years.  For more information go to
    Debbie
  • John (Private)
    8 months ago
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    Who made the beautiful top. Is it a kit or custom made?
  • memo ortega (Private)
    8 months ago
    John Tretten-17-W
    man this 51 hard top custom kicks, hard tops are the bombs, this custom bowes to no one, aweeesome just my 2, cents