Teri Smith
Mudeford, England
1950 Merc Coupe

Back in 1977, Teri Smith, who lives southwest of London, England, bought the August issue of STREET RODDER magazine that featured a special section on chopped Mercs. There was one prominently displayed on the cover, and it also had a story on the famous Hirohata Merc. The styling on the Hirohata blew Teri away but, being 28 and with a wife and baby, he wasn't able to pursue his passion until much later in life.

Jump forward to 2008 and Teri was finally able to realize his dream when he bought an unfinished, basket case two-door 1950 Mercury (a rarity in England). After almost five years (and with help from his son, Mark, and friends Keith Ody and Tim Hammond) it was finished out with a 350/700-R4 engine and trans combo, a Mustang front clip, a Ford 9-inch, and equipped with a RideTech airbag system. The car rolls on 15x6 Wheel Vintique wheels wrapped in American Classic 195/75-15 whitewall tires.

The roof was chopped 4 inches and the B-pillars slanted back. More customizing followed with trunklid decked, the hood radiused, headlights frenched, and the handles shaved. The fender skirts were custom shaped to better adapt to the 1953 Buick side trim, and Teri's friends at Kustom Kolors painted the car a two-tone VW Beetle cream and white. The interior includes a center console and bucket seats from a 1964 Thunderbird while the rest was covered in vinyl by Gary Kybert of Car Interiors.