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Prototype known as the "Ultra Modern Merc"

1950 Mercury Prototype Leo Lyons Two Door Coupe

Buick V-8 Engine
Automatic Transmission
Blue Metallic Exterior over Blue and White Interior
Known as The 1950 Leo Lyons Ultra Modern Merc
Built by Leo Lyons with guidance by Sam & George Barris
California Metal Shaping Also Involved with Design and Build
Most Radical Custom Mercury Built in the 1950's
Cover Car in February of 1960

Prominently displayed at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance in featured “Custom Mercury” class

In 1950, 20-year-old Leo Lyons had a dream of building a custom car unlike any other – he would scratch-build it from the ground up. Over the next few years Leo became acquainted with some of the legends of Southern California Speed and Custom as Ed Iskenderian and both George and Sam Barris who would help and inspire his design. But before he began, he needed one more group on board, the Ford Motor Company.

Leo's initial plans called for building 10 identical custom cars and he was going to build each with brand new parts, and then heavily modify these parts. The chassis and body panels were purchased new from Ford. With the first set of panels on hand, Leo set to work learning how to weld and shape metal under the guidance of Sam Barris. A few parts needed to be custom built, so Leo called on the legendary metal-shaping firm “California Metal Shaping” to custom design and build the doors, hood, and top.

Leo Lyons, at 30 years old, debuted his car – The Leo Lyons Custom Merc – across Southern California Custom Car shows nearly a full 10 years after he started. Each time, he was recognized with awards and the moniker the “Ultra Modern Merc.” This car is the most radically customized '49-51 Custom Mercury built, and has been recognized as the last significant Custom Mercury built in the '50s.

In early 1960, it was featured on the cover of Trend Inc.'s “Custom Cars” magazine, along with a feature article. In Trend Inc.'s 1961 Custom Cars Annual, it was again recognized as one of the most significant custom Merc's built to date with a two page feature article inside. Only this very one Custom Merc, his significant prototype, was ever built.

Engine

Engine Type
Engine Size
V8
Fuel Specification

Body

Body Color
Blue Metallic
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
Paint Type

Basic

Year
1950
Make
Mercury
Model
Prototype
Miles
0

Interior

Interior Color
Blue & White
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console
No
Engine Size
V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
0
Vin
1950LL4261930
Stock
M18-460

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