Sam Barris 1949 Mercury Custom

Sam Barris 1949 Mercury Custom

The cover of the December 1951 issue of Motor Trend magazine featured this beautiful creation by Sam Barris. The car was also displayed at the 1951 Oakland Roadster Show and created quite a sensation. So much so that it was sold off the show floor!

Sam Barris 1949 Mercury Custom

George Barris says his brother, Sam, purchased this car new and drove it daily until he figured out how he could chop the top. He was the first to chop the top on a 49-51 Merc!  He did not stop with the top. One of the changes most easily overlooked because it looks so natural is the removal of the “hump” in the door and the downturn of the rear character line.

Sam Barris 1949 Mercury Custom

He next performed all of the standard custom touched of the day; nosed, decked, removed door handles, and frenched the headlights. Of course there is the prerequisite rolled and pleated interior, in white.

Sam Barris 1949 Mercury Custom

The grill is made of two 51 Ford Bars.



Sam Barris 1949 Mercury Custom

The paint is a rich deep dark metallic green.

Sam Barris 1949 Mercury Custom

The car underwent a complete restoration by Roy Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco with paint by Darryl Hollenbeck of Concord, CA.

Sam Barris 1949 Mercury Custom

Sam Barris 1949 Mercury Custom

When these photos were taken it was on display in all its glory at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona, CA.

Comments (4)

Leave a Reply | Trackback URL

  1. Jimmy Herblin says:

    Hey my name is Jimmy Herblin and i have a 1977 ford F150 Custom Explorer that i am wanting to get re painted. I have spent a good couple of days on line looking for a dark green color to repaint it with. I was wondering if you would happen to know the paint code for this particular color.

  2. rfleener says:

    Jimmy, Sorry I can’t help. All I know is that it is a metalic green. Can anyone out there help him?

  3. tom ulmer says:

    HI
    I’m weo from weo’s auto art
    I’ve always liked kustom 49 – 51 mercs especially sams there always like black or a redish color but this green with the white inside really makes it it stands out with the white gut
    I scratch built a 1/25 scale diecast replica of it
    and it came out real close to the real deal
    THANX AND HAVE A NICE DAY
    WEO

  4. Rickie Lee Orr says:

    This was my dad’s car (before I was born). He traded a new 1950 Plymouth and $2,700 to by this from one of the Barris brothers. It won the 1950 Chicago’s Navy Pier “Best in Show” and was on the cover of Motor Trend Magazine’s December 1950 issue!

Leave a Reply