Dawn Smith's 1950 Mercury

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1950 Mercury 4-door owned by Dawn Smith of Redwood City, California. Dawn helped out a lot on the bodywork on her ride. All the factory trim on the hood doors and deck lid were removed, the car was operated by electric solenoids.[1] The hood was peaked shaved and four rows of louvers were set in a curved pattern. All of the body seams were filled. It featured reversed chrome wheels and three inch functional side pipes [2] 1957 Chevrolet headlight rims were inserted in the extended front fenders. The grille shell was reshaped and modified with a 1954 Chevrolet grille bar with a extra set parking lights installed. Both bumpers were stock Merc units with the center section removed to reveal a rolled pan and license plate mounting. The rear end featured stock frenched taillights.[3] The engine room was completely sanitized. It was painted Emerald green with silver scallops once completed.[1] The interior was completely upholstered in pleated silver Naugahyde with silver-trimmed green carpets, the entire dashboard was covered except the speedometer. The other gauges were not discarded, these were mounted on a flip-up panel beneath the dashboard.[2]

George Barris loved to see gorgeous young women driving customs. When he met seventeen year old Dawn Smith from Redwood City, California, he found out she really loved her cars.[3]

Magazine Features

Custom Cars June 1959
Custom Rodder November 1959
Trend Book 189 Custom Cars 1960 Annual
Trend Book 197 Custom Cars 1961 Annual


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