Dick Bailey's 1950 Mercury

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Dick Bailey's 1950 Mercury. Dick was a member of the Huron Valley Road Runners and good a friend of Dave. Known as The Dream Boat, Dick's Mercury was restyled by The Alexander Brothers over a two-year period. The build was started in 1959 and completed in 1961, featuring a pair of popular Jimmy Jones Bubble Skirts and a scallop paint job by "Crazy Painter" Paul Hatton. Photo from The Dave Jenkins Photo Collection.
Dick's Mercury wearing a set of Jimmy Jones Bubble Skirts. Photo by Dave Jenkins.
Photo by Dave Jenkins.
Photo by Dave Jenkins.

1950 Mercury owned by Dick Bailey of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dick was a member of the Huron Valley Road Runners. He bought the Mercury in 1958. Known as "The Dream Boat," Dick's Mercury was restyled by The Alexander Brothers over a two-year period. The build was started in 1959 and completed in 1961. Dick had Jimmy Jones fabricate a pair of his famous Inkster Skirts for the Merc. The scallops were painted by "Crazy Painter" Paul Hatton.


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Before he passed away, Dave Jenkins shared some recent photos of Bailey's Mercury with Fred Thomas. In 2018 Fred told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that it was in very good condition, but had no bulbous Jimmy Jones skirts; "It was parked under a tarpaulin, and appeared to be licensed for the road. At that time a friend of Dave’s tried to buy the car for restoration, but it was not able to be bought."[2]


Magazine Features

Car Speed and Style March 1960
Custom Craft February 1962


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