"FRED ROWE’S MERC"
Fred Rowe’s ’51 convertible was another one of those customs which was modified as styles changed. The car appeared on the cover of the August O53 edition of Rod & Custom. Then in 1955 it appeared in the Universal picture "Running Wild". A mild but clean custom convertible painted Burgundy Mist. The windshield was chopped 4 inches and fitted with a one piece top by Carson. A tarpaulin was used to cover the rear seats when the top was removed. The headlights were frenched ’52 Ford units. The car was lowered and we shaved and peaked the hood and put a small radius on its corners. The handles were also removed. The operating button was installed in the chrome rub strip which we accented with more chrome trim running along the bottom of the car. The ends of the grille bar are stock, but retained the parking lights, but the center section we rolled from sheet metal and fitted with teeth.