This is a VERY STRAIGHT, ORIGINAL and COMPLETE 1953 MERCURY CUSTOM 2 DOOR HARDTOP. CALIFORNIA CAR FOREVER. PLEASE DO NOT PHONE ME UNLESS YOU ARE READY WITH THE CASH. However, I do have a complete slideshow for those who email their direct email address. The FACTORY FLATHEAD 125 HP engine was remanufactured, blueprinted and hardened valves added to handle the higher octane gas nowadays. Also under the hood is TWO FORD Holley 94's that were JUST rebuilt. Transmission is 3 Spd manual with factory option WORKING OVERDRIVE. The trans and clutch are excellent. The wheel cylinders, master cylinder, water pumps, intake are all new. It now resides in my warehouse under a car cover awaiting the next car show. Like it, buy it. You won't be disappointed. And if you don't like MY price, there is always THIS ONE I can show you selling for $40k.
The body is really straight with some trim pieces in the trunk after a small RS swipe probably twenty years ago. The car has no damage, but the bumpers and tail light bezels do need a re-chrome. The FLATHEAD ENGINE for 1953: The 1948–1953 255 cu in (4.2 L), referred to as the model BG, was achieved by use of a 4-inch (100 mm) stroke crankshaft in the 239 cu in (3.9 l) 8BA/8RT engine. It was only used in Mercury cars, and heavy service trucks. Known as the V8-9CM in 1949, it featured 6.8:1 compression, 110 hp (82 kW), and 200 lb·ft (270 N·m) torque,which stayed the same for the 1950 V8-0CM. The 1951 V8-1CM raised this by 2 hp (1.5 kW), and 6 lb·ft (8.1 N·m) torque, The 1952 V8-MA boosted compression to 7.2:1, power to 125 hp (93 kW), and torque to 218 lb·ft (296 N·m),while only the name changed, dropping the -MA, for the last year of production, 1953.
Because of interchangeability, the Mercury crank made a popular upgrade in the 239 among hot rodders, much as the 400 cu in (6.6 l) crank was in Chevrolet small-blocks. In fact, in the 1950s, the flathead block was often fitted with crankshafts of up to 4.125 in (104.8 mm) stroke. In addition, rodders in the 1950s routinely bored them out by 0.1875 in (4.76 mm) (to 3.375 in (85.7 mm).