Honest to God since I was in my teens my Holy grail of cars to own before I die has been a 1940 Mercury Coupe. The Mantranga Merc and Stardust have been my screensavers since I was old enough to turn on a computer. Of all the cars I've owned or built, that was to be the END ALL for me. Well I guess this will be my last car (God I only wish that was true) because today it finally happened. I've been after these cars for over 15 years. I was always respectful in my several inquiries to the owner if they were for sale or if he figured on selling yet, but was always given a firm NO! You could just barely see them from a side street in Colorado, and many people in this town knew they were there. In fact if you're from Colorado and you're reading this, you probably know exactly where I picked them up at. These were the only 40 Merc coupes in existence in this state (probably an exageration) but in all honesty of all the searching I've done to find (and afford) a 40 merc coupe, people would always say "well I saw these two that this guy owns, but he'd never sell em, I've asked." Well tragically as it is, this gentleman just passed away, and in God's grace and timing, I just figured I would give it one more shot while I was down in town. The widow was very guarded and rightfully so, but turned out to be very sweet and after much back and forth, we struck a fair deal. As much as she knew her husband loved these cars, it was hurting her to know they would never be finished where they sat. It was a HUGE pain getting these out as they were absolutely buried in this yard, and had the front suspension sitting to the side rather than under it, but worth every hunched over step I'll be taking tomorrow. This for me is a check mark on the bucket list, the final friggin frontier, the one I've always dreamed of owning! Yet again by the Grace of God and a great amount of help from my best friend/father, I've got em. Both are titled, dont have a stitch of rust eating through that I can see ANYWHERE, even in the floors, are 100% complete down to the V8 flatheads, and incredibly solid. Today is one I'll remember forever.