You can often find cool collectible cars for sale by simply getting out and driving around.  We came across this classic old school 1950 Mercury Monterey Two Door Hot Rod while on a wine tour along the west side of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York State.

Our research indicates the owner currently does not have his Mercury listed anywhere online but the phone number to contact him is listed in the rear passenger side window.

The owner is currently “asking $39,900” for his heavily customized “Sled.”  The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently list the value range for a stock example for the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” levels at $24,600, $51,300, and $70,000 so the owner seems to be realistic with his asking price considering the amount of money he likely put into completing this build.

The signs located on the car’s windshield and front grille indicate this car was a ten year labor of love using a collection of the following parts:

  • 1967 Pontiac GTO frame.
  • 1949 Plymouth Front & Rear Bumpers
  • 1954 Pontiac Sky Chief Grille
  • 1954 Chevrolet Parking Lights
  • 1964 Ford Galaxy Dashboard
  • 1964 Mercury Gauge Cluster

We love that the roof has not been chopped yet there is a great combination of the parts above with nice custom touches such as “Frenched” taillights and power antenna that are well executed.  Power comes from a 350 cubic inch GM Performance ZZ4 crate engine topped with an Eldebrock intake manifold and carburetor set up.  These motors are rated 355 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque that is more than enough to keep this Sled rolling along.  The engine sends power through a TurboHydramatic 400 automatic transmission connected to a 1967 Pontiac GTO Positraction-Equipped rear end.  The custom front suspension relies on a more modern rack-and-pinion steering system and front disc brakes for stopping.

Also installed for cruising on hot summer Finger Lakes is nicely integrated Vintage Air unit. The custom rolled and pleated vinyl interior compliments the baby blue exterior very nicely.

Overall, we were impressed with the build quality of this old school Hot Rod.  The Lake style side pipes set off the brand new chrome reverse wheels shod with brand new wide whitewalls.

This is yet another example of a great classic Hot Rod that is likely less expensive to buy and enjoy now rather than spend ten years and likely double the money to create your own.  Good luck with the purchase!