February 5, 2023
OLCOTT, N.Y. – You’re forgiven if you thought this 1951 Ford Custom was a 1954 Mercury. In this RealRide’s case, that Custom badge on the front fender has two meanings: it was Ford’s more expensive series in 1951 (the base model was the DeLuxe); and this one’s been heavily customized with the rear quarters, taillights, and modified bumper from the aforementioned 1954 Mercury (like the one below). I wish I would have taken a closer look at that fender badge back at the 2018 Olcott Beach Car Show where where we saw this car. Upon closer inspection of the photos from that day I noticed a small button located within the badge (top photo of inset). It’s too late now to ask what its purpose was… I’m guessing though that’s it’s a door opener, seeing that the car has no visible exterior door handles. Nicely done.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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