1949 Mercury Coupe “Merrodder”

Vehicle Quick Facts

Profile ID: 46036
Year: 1949
Make: Mercury
Model: Coupe
Markets: Muscle Car, Resto-Mod, Rod & Custom
Vehicle Type: American



Vehicle Story

Merrodder made its debut in Las Vegas at SEMA in 1993 and graced the cover of HOT ROD magazine in December of that same year.

An all-star cast was assembled to build this astonishing vehicle Larry Erikson, famed customs/hot rod designer and later Cadillac factory designer, completed the design work for then-owner C.K. Spurlock.

Larry Kramer performed much of the build.  The original ’49 Mercury body was sliced and diced to accommodate the enlarged dimensions of the independent C4 Corvette suspension it rests on.

The shocking yet beautiful, shortened, widened, and chopped look is accentuated by its lift-off hardtop and tilting front end.

The 510 cubic inch “bowtie” motor built by Donny Ray Everett has hemi-style heads that utilizes a 4 valves per cylinder setup allowing the full benefit of dual-port injection and exhaust.

A Meaney Brothers Big Stuff engine management system, dry-sump oil delivery and 180-degree headers finish out the package.  The luxurious tan leather interior stitched by Larry Snead and Larry Bell takes second to no one.

Merrodder’s Turbo 400 transmission runs into two-yes, two-Gear Vendor overdrives which allows the car to work like a 5-speed automatic.  Top speed?  Potentially very, very fast.


1949 Mercury Coupe

Chopped Roofline

Sectioned Body

Custom Tube Chassis

Custom Removable Hardtop

Bobbed Tail Section

Pancaked Hood and Rear Deck

One-Piece Tilting Front End


Builder: Donnie Ray Everett

Heads: Larry Ofria

510-cid, 32 Valve, BBC,

650 hp, 550 ft-lb

Thunder Power Hemi Heads

2000 FM Holley Dominator TB

Meaney Brothers Big Stuff

Engine Management

ARE Dry Sump, KSE Oil Pump

Doug Thorley Headers

Powermaster Starter & Alternator



Larry Sneed & Larry Bell

Vintage Air

TEA’s Design Seats


Sound Deadening


B&M Turbo 400 Transmission

Dual Gear Vendor Overdrives

Fluidyne Transmission Cooler

C4 Corvette Differential


C4 Corvette Frame

with Adjustable Coilovers


Baer Brake Systems


Billet Specialties



Tires, g-Force Sport

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