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Mercury Custom is the word

01/02/2014 03:51 |  Comments: 
This is your chance to get your hands on the convertible made famous by the bad boys of Grease.

I’m pretty sure everyone has seen the movie Grease and I’d even willing to bet that every decent car nerd remembers the two cars playing a key role in Danny Zuko and Sandy coming together: yes, one was a white 1948 Ford De Luxe decorated with black lightnings , the other was a black 1949 Mercury Custom with flames on it. And somebody out there will be thrilled to hear the latter is now for sale.

Unlike most cars made famous by a movie, the Mercury Custom is privately owned and has never been up for sale before. Ever. In fact nobody knew where it had gone for 35 years, then last year it was suddenly found outside of Paramount studio. The neglected convertible, originally a hard-top coupé converted in the garage of the legendary Eddie Paul, was restored by Dan Condon, owner of The Shop in Palm Desert. It is in mint condition and looks almost exactly the way it did in its heyday; even the razor hubcaps have been recreated. Instead of listing it at some well-known auction house, the owner has simply put the "Hell's Chariot" up for sale on eBay.

You’d better hurry if you’re interested, though, as the sale ends on Sunday evening (CET). The selling price is hard to estimate, but as the bidding war has already started, it won’t go cheap.

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