Herb Passburger's 1950 Mercury

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A photo of Herb's Mercury that Ken Bausert took in the parking lot of the White Castle in Brooklyn in 1962. "That's where we used to hang out," Ken told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama. Photo courtesy of Ken Bausert.

1950 Mercury owned by Herb Passburger of New York City, New York. Herb lived at 182 Highland Place, near the corner of Fulton Street in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn. Herb's Mercury was mildly restyled. It was nosed and decked, and dressed up with a 1949 Oldsmobile grille. Painted a dark brown, Ken Bausert, an old friend of Herb, remembers that the Merc was one of the few cars in the neigbourhood that was actually "finished" back in those days; "I sent that photo in to one of the car magazines that used to have a section in the back for "readers' cars," without Herb knowing it. When it was published, I got a copy of the magazine and showed up at his mother's apartment one morning, they lived a few blocks away from the White Castle. When Herb opened the door, I held the magazine open to the page with his car; he took a look at it and was so excited, he jumped up & down and hugged me," Ken told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2018. Herb's Mercury was already completed when Ken first met him in 1962.[1]


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