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History Winfield's Personal Merc...

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Jan 21, 2021.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Winfield's Personal Merc...


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  2. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 6,963

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Great feature. I think it's interesting it's not chopped.
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  3. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,011


    A very understated, but good looking Merc. It'd be neat to hear what Gene has to say about it.
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  4. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,579


    Gene chopped it later. I have pictures in one of the little magazines. You can tell it is the same car due to the inverted Lincoln side trim.
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  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,705



    I think this is the same car, but with '51 quarters/skirts/rear bumper added, along with '54 Mercury tail light lenses. I really like this version. It's clean and simple but very attractive. You can see the Monterey roof moldings well from this angle. I really like the round rear window with the '51 quarters.
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  6. After the chop.


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  7. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,011


    I don't have any in-depth knowledge about this car, but the car you posted @lurker mick has the spear flipped and it goes past the door onto the front fender.

    I realize he could've easily changed it, just curious.
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  8. Dangerousdan
    Joined: Apr 12, 2018
    Posts: 194

    from Arizona

    I have said before that Gene has an eye for styling and taste when building his cars. My Dad drove a 51' merc. at that time and The body modification of graffing 1951 rear quarters was not unheard of at the
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  9. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 2,709


    Interesting that he used Hudson tail lights in the first rendition but I like the second chopped version better. Met Gene here in Australia when he was one of the judges at the Sydney Hot Rod Show in 2017 and I was showing my 48 Hudson. Got his approval:)
    Gene Winfield Award.jpg
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,161


    That's a great story.
  11. michaelvz51
    Joined: May 24, 2011
    Posts: 539

    from So Cal
    1. HAMB Merc Club

    There is no denying that this man is a true artist-he sees things most others don't BEFORE he does it. I have been lucky enough to talk with Gene during trips to his shop and he always is gracious and always pondering how to do something Kustom. He says everyday is a school day and this is true. Loom at how he transformed this car from what it was...........
  12. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,328

    Okie Pete

    Thank You for sharing the story . I always wondered what His car would start out as and how he would transform it in to His . A Ture Gentleman and Artist .
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  13. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,398


    God Bless Gene Winfield. One of my heroes for sure!
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  14. Colour shot of the second version. P9040104-vi.jpg
  15. VF-1
    Joined: Jan 21, 2021
    Posts: 63


    I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Winfield (up close & personal) at Mercury Charlie’s Custom Shop in Austin, TX. I believe this is the custom Mercury in question, on his T-Shirt. Quite the Gentleman!

  16. 1low52
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 306


    That first version is a perfect example of understated custom.
    Unchopped, lots of custom touches, hopped up, a work in progress(as all of mine are, lol).
    It's evolution is a wonderful journey to behold.
    Mr Winfield is a class act.
  17. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,037

    from Burton, MI

    I really like the unchopped version. The chrome roof trim is the icing on the cake. So understated but it hits like a sledgehammer in its simplicity.
    BTW....I met Gene at Detroit Autorama quite a few years back...he really likes my wife. ;)
  18. R&C RON
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 363

    R&C RON

    Gene and his Merc at the 1954 Oakland Show.

    54rdstr10 (1).jpg
  19. Dangerousdan
    Joined: Apr 12, 2018
    Posts: 194

    from Arizona

    Thanks Ron for a little bit of history.
  20. Dan Timberlake
    Joined: Apr 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,297

    Dan Timberlake

    Does anyone have pictures of Gene's "typical" metal work, before lead was applied, on his early work?
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  21. Andy D
    Joined: Jan 7, 2021
    Posts: 17

    Andy D

    I love the pre chopped look, so classy! I watched an Irontrap episode were Gene showed them around a section of his shop and some of his toys, the man has such a creative mind, absolutely outstanding!
  22. The roof chrome was an option that held the vinyl top material down.
  23. Mopar Tony
    Joined: Jun 11, 2019
    Posts: 348

    Mopar Tony

    I would love to meat him, that man is a living legend for sure. It is guys like him that have inspired me to build my own custom at 30 years old. I'd love to have him sign my glove box door.
  24. What a great picture ! And a big part of car culture history. I hope you don't mind that I shared it with the Pharoahs Car Club. 97969706_572275040378765_2114534046179524608_o.jpg

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