For many years I yearned for a '30s car, long before I even realised what it would take to own, work and run one. I went through various phases of car ownership from 1st car to reliable street V8, across to the necessary family wagon people mover then my first classic a '64 Falcon Coupe in 1996. With a long run with the Coupe (20 something years) and various modifications, the realisation came that a '30s car was a possibility arrived earlier this year. Then...BANG COVID hit, and the market for available cars changed completely. So the dream of a '32 Roadster or coupe began to shake...getting a little misty from week to week. Then, the reality of my strict criteria set in, and the realisation of this pushed the dream out the side door. The Roadster had to be original Henry steel all the way through !! A '32 Roadster? hard to find...change to a '34 Coupe, also hard to find, especially good ones with traditional running gear and all steel. Well, my finances it seemed would not go that far for the coveted dream of a Rod with a history (at least not in this country). What I did find was way out of $$$ reach. A solid talk to myself about what was important in that car made me recalibrate away from 20+ years of it had to be a '32 - had to be a hi-boy Roadster (John Milner). "Where were you in '62? The one absolute essential criteria remained! Original steel body car. Enter the cool custom look of a custom sled. After a few weeks of searching the COVID affected classified a few possibilities emerged. I have always been a Ford guy, so Mercury's or single spinners were the right flavours. Advice from a mate was..." don't build one as it may take years...buy one close and make it yours through putting your own touches to it" So the challenge of getting one with the right look was on. I'll know it when I see it I said to my wife. A traditional looking sled from the era '30s through to '50s with a Flathead...maybe? After much COVID market research and classifieds, searching enters the right car. A car imported into Australia from the USA A Maryland car, chopped and customised here in Australia (inside & out) with the period stance and motor. Still left had drive (bonus) 1939 Mercury 8 Jefferson Blue Original dash patina 239 cid Flathead V8 C4 transmission 9" differential Fenton alloy heads Offenhauser tri-power intake Stromberg 97's Fenton headers Wide five rims Firestone cross-ply tyres Cadilac hub caps 4 wheel drum brakes (boosted) Happy Enter the OZMERC !!