From an article in Street Rodder, May 1976. The Merc was built strickly as a movie prop. Henry Travers found it in a spectators lot at a stock car track near Sonoma in completely original form-right down to the wheelcovers and whitewalls. After purchase it was delivered to Close and Orlandi's where it was immediately transformed into a custom. The top chop actually isn't bad for a "quickie". Other custom touches included shaving the hood,trunk, and doors,frenching the headlights,and creating a one-bar grille-all within a couple week. The engine and drive train were left stock. In broad daylight the chopped 51 Merc looks like a movie star without her makeup. Built in two weeks,body mods include severly chopped top(no drip rails,rear window lowered into the package tray),dechroming,frenched lights,peaked hood,custom grille. Rest is stock.