The David Guymon ’47 Merc
David Guymon is one of those custom guys that you might not have heard of, but will someday be a legendary name. I say that because David’s work is timeless and beautifully executed. As a builder though, he’s low key and unassuming… and he’s from Oklahoma, so he doesn’t always get the kind of coverage his work deserves.
Anyway… while I was going through old Round Up photos on Monday, I stumbled upon a few shots of the ’47 Mercury he built for Jim Baker out of Sherman, TX. The car was built in the late 1980’s, but in my early years of running The Jalopy Journal it seemed to follow me around.
I’d see it randomly bombing down I-35 while I was heading to class at the University of Oklahoma. I’d see it at the NSRA Nats in OKC. I’d see at various KOA shows. I’d see it at the Round Up. I’d seemingly see it everywhere.
And even though I never met David (or Jim for that matter), the car kind of haunted me for years. And then, time passed and I stopped seeing the car around. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen it in the last decade or so. And I started wondering… What ever happened to this car? Anyone know?
Here’s some old shots I had:
And some random shots I took off Google images: