Finally moved the two 1940 Mercs owned by Ed Hegarty into the showroom. One original and the other.... full custom. Seeing these cars side by side and the amount of work these legendary craftsmen did back in the day to create the custom version is amazing. When we get Dick Bertolucci over here we want to ask him if he recalls just how they recessed those headlamps. Word is they used no filler or lead...all metal work. Sorry.....The top is removable, but it's not coming off any time soon. Thanks to Butch Gardner for the 1975 Sacramento Autorama Program with this Merc on the cover. 1975 Entry NA-402 Nostalgia Division Dennis Nash and Louie Martin, Sacramento "1940 Mercury 4-Door convertible sedan with a removable steel top. Grille from a 1946 Chevy as are the bumpers, taillights are a 1946 Ford. Has sunken license plate and frenched headlights in front. This car was built in 1948 and has some outstanding body work by Dick Bertolucci who built the steel top and cut down the deck lid. The late Harry Westergard installed the grille and did the license job. The car has a 1941 Cadillac dash board. The engine is a flathed Merc with belond headers. Ron Lago did the interior while Dennis Nash did the painting. Howard Yamamoto did the striping. Chrome by Capitol Plating." This was one of the 1975 Sacramento Autorama's feature nostalgic cars.