This custom build merges two legends. It has the unmistakable look of a 1950 Mercury Eight coupe with some lead sled kind of style
But as you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover this has the fuel-injected power and chassis from the last rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Impala SS. So take some time looking at one of the coolest customs full custom builds around.
The 1950 Mercury Eight coupe has always been one of the most sough-after cars for the custom scene. That awesome chrome grille, torpedo-like silhouette, and premium personality have made it a prime custom classic for generations. It has an upgrade for smoothness with deleted badging, sport mirrors, fenders skirts, and of course, those bright smoothie wheels with whitewalls. There’s also sleekness from the glossy application of Black Cherry. This color was also popular on the 1995 Chevrolet Impala SS. As you start to discover more of the integrated Chevy features, it really feels like a very cool way to bookend classic performance cars. After all, the Mercury lead sled was one of the first custom performance hot rods out there. And the 1995 Impala basically represents the last generation of full-size rear-wheel drive muscle cars direct from the factory. So this custom combination feels quite purposeful.
The custom presentation continues inside. The light gray has a premium look, and it’s a nod to the interior color of the Impala SS. You have nice upgrades, like power front windows, a custom center console, tilt steering column, and a full set of classic-style VDO gauges. There are even provisions for air conditioning (will need servicing before blowing cold again.) Also, elements like the steering wheel, floor shifter, and AM/FM/CD stereo are all hints at the GM power within.
The engine bay really shows off this car’s upgrading. After all, there’s no mistaking a fuel-injected heart. The donor Impala SS was a true legend because it shared the Corvette’s LT1 V8 motor. It makes for a terrific modern custom that fires up easily, idles nicely, and has the power to pull this Mercury with authority. The four-speed automatic transmission was built to pair with this motor, so it knows how to shift smoothly all the way into overdrive. The Impala was also upgraded the suspension with an updated front suspension and trailing arms with sway bar in the rear. Plus, power steering and power brakes with front discs make sure this Mercury/Chevy remains a terrific cruiser.
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Location: Concord, North Carolina, United States