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Mercury Lead Sled


Mercury Lead Sled

In the 1950s as hot rodding took over America, both the racing side and the street side developed. Styles started to fracture and some guys turned to improving their cars for show, more than go, hence customs became popular. The new-in-1949 Mercury was a very radical design, aerodynamic and flowing and looking almost ready-chopped with its low roof line. Within a few years it was available cheaply and hot rodders began using the Merc body so much that it quickly became synonymous with customizing. The car is referred to as lead sled because in the days before plastic bodyfiller, car re-finishers used molten lead to fill seams or trim holes, which was then shaped with body files. This particular car is typical of the late 1950s/early 1960s, with custom wheel caps, flame paint, 1954 De Soto toothed grille and rear fenders skirts. It runs a small-block Chevy for power.

Mercury Lead Sled Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:350 ci (5,735 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:380 bhp (283 kW) @ 5,100 rpm
Max torque:380 lb ft (514 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:3,374 lb (1,533 kg)
Economy:9 mpg (3.2 km/I)
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