Greater Dakota Classics
PO BOX 314 Devils Lake, ND 58301
(701) 740-7340
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1950 MERCURY 2 DOOR SEDAN $32,500.
Mild Custom done RIGHT!!!! Great cruiser!! Air, tilt, power
windows, power steering, power seat,
wide white radials, caddy caps, leather interior,
 lowered correctly with nice ride, lake pipes, spotlights,
 modified 302, C-4 automatic transmission, deep blue but
looks more like black, Corvair bumpers, and more.
Car is in Mesa, Arizona.
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1949 Mercury - SOLD
Car came from New Mexico, have pictures to document frame off build about 15 years ago. It has a 302 Ford engine with Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock carburetor, headers  and automatic overdrive transmission. Frontend has been updated with Chrysler Cordova torsion bar suspension and power disc brakes. A Cordova rear end was also installed with 2.71 gears for cruising. Car has power steering, tilt steering column, power front seat, new gauges, excellent glass, excellent chrome bumpers and perfect grill. The interior has recent carpet and maroon and white rolled and pleated seats with a finished trunk. The 15” chrome artillery wheels and wide white wall Coker tires are brand new. The dual exhaust along with turbo mufflers are also brand new. Lakes pipes are not hooked up but it would be easy the way the pipes run and the spotlights are dummy. All build pictures go with the car to new owner.




1951 - MERCURY SEDAN Full Custom - SOLD

This 1951 Mercury 4 Door Sedan was built by over a 2 ½ year period. One of the unique features of this car is that it is a 4 door with the rear doors suicide opening.

Other features include:

The top was chopped 4”, 1950 Mercury rear window, one piece windshield, vent windows removed, 1952 Desoto grill, 1952 Desoto bumpers front and rear, the front of the hood has been modified to meet the grill cavity, the dash has smoothed, frenched 1991 Cadillac tail lights, frenched 1957 Chevrolet front park lights, frenched 1954 Mercury head lights, frenched license plate frame molded into the trunk, flush mounted 1951 Mercury fender skirts, air ride with controls for all four corners, molded side pipes built into the rocker panels, shortened & reversed side chrome, flared front fender wheel wells to match bottoms of rear skirts, rounded hood corners, rounded door corners, nosed and decked, door handles removed, remote solenoid opening doors, custom interior & headliner, AM/FM CD sound system, tilt column, power windows, power steering, power brakes, Nova sub frame, disc brakes on front, air conditioning, cruise control, 15” radial wide white tires, 454 Chevrolet engine, bored .30 over, 400 Turbo automatic transmission and a 9” Ford rear end with 2.70 gears.


This is a custom 1951 Mercury project that could still be personalized. It was being built as a clone to:
The former owner had the car 9 years, took lots of pictures of “Desperado” and spent 5 years building a replica. But………………. the builder/former owner went to the Car Craft Nationals and got bit badly by a 600 hp Camaro and has changed directions. It has been chopped 4”, body work is done and painted black, has the Desoto grill and bumpers, ’50 Merc rear window, ’91 caddy tail lights, frenched park lights, nosed, decked, shaved, frenched headlights, rounded hood corners, skirts, new radial wide white wall tires and has many other custom touches. It also has a fresh 350/350 but needs interior, air ride completed, drive shaft, glass and some wiring. Paint and body are done except for chroming of the bumpers and grill, paint has a few chips. It still will require work to finish but has a lot of the hard/costly work done with a nice chop and several other custom touches. I have quite a few more pictures if you are interested.


This Red & White 2 door hardtop is a non-restored car that has had one repaint a few years back. It runs great with the 312 cubic inch V-8 and automatic transmission which is the original drivetrain. All glass is good, stainless is okay and I think the front bumper probably was rechromed. It has the original Mercury wire wheel hubcaps and gangster wide white bias-ply tires. The original radio works, the dash has no cracks so it probably has been stored inside. The exhaust system is new with nice mellow glass packs on dual exhaust with chrome tips. The front fenders, inner and outer rockers, rear fenders, trunk floor show no rust. However the front body mounts do show some rust and the front floor does show some repair. Car has new front shocks and the engine has had a recent tune-up, oil change and grease job.
The car is a nice driver that you can get in and go anywhere, all lights including signal, brakes, windows, etc. work properly. Fly in, I will pick you up at our airport, and drive her home or if you like I would be happy to help you arrange door to door shipment by a reputable reasonable shipper.

1951 Mercury - SOLD
Rough 4 door car but there are a lot of usable parts including a good roof and door tops especially if you are chopping a Merc. Good clean North Dakota Title
Here is a very nice RUST FREE project that has been in progress for a few years but do to health reasons must be sold. The following work has been completed, a 460 cubic inch Ford engine has been installed along with a C-6 automatic transmission and 9" Ford rear end, driveshaft is installed, Mustang II front suspension with 11" disc brakes.
Brand new Modine radiator, new Corvette power master cylinder is installed, new brake lines, new brake linings, new brake cylinders, new proportioning valve, (the brake system is completed but does need to be bleed). New floors, new rockers, new rear quarter panels, frenched custom tail lights, all glass is installed, new fuel tank, new fuel lines, new electric fuel pump, instruments are all original but are connected with a device converting them to operate on 12 volt, the speedometer has been rebuilt, the radio looks stock but has been upgraded with all new solid state tuner, amp with one speaker in front and two in rear, power antenna , new wiper motor and blades, new heater motor, battery is located in the trunk along with cutoff switch, new Flaming River steering column with working shifter, new Edelbrock intake and carburetor specific for the 460, flared front fenders, frenched headlights, '50 Merc grill shell opening with choices on grill, the ignition key and door locks have been keyed to the Mercury key and so much more. 
    Here is an easy project that is not going to break the bank!!! 
The car is exactly as shown in the pictures except that it is now in black primer/sealer. It does have power four wheel disc brakes, 9" Ford rear on a four bar setup, dropped spindles, air ride, the top is chopped, garnish moldings are finished, new gas tank is installed, all corners rounded, frenched 54 Merc tail lights, frenched head lights, Desoto bumpers, Desoto grill, molded side pipes, door handles removed, vent windows removed and the list goes on. It is rust free and would be an easy project to finish. There is no engine or transmission.
1951 Mercury - SOLD
Rough 4 door car but there are a lot of usable parts including a good roof and door tops especially if you are chopping a Merc. Good clean North Dakota Title
    Just in, fresh out of 20 years climate controlled storage. The car has the original flathead V8 with a three speed and overdrive transmission. The car starts right up and runs great, radiator is good, gas tank was bad so it is running off a gas can, brakes are bad but new linings are in the trunk along with some other extra parts. The interior is "okay" and at some time over 20 years ago the exterior had a repaint. The glass is good with only one vent window crack, they all roll up and down with ease. Low gear in the transmission evidently has a chipped cog but I have an extra transmission I can send with the car.
    If you are wondering what you can do with a four door check out and
    Like I said this car runs great but because of brakes it will need to be trailered or shipped. I have driven the car using second and third gear, second, third and reverse are fine. If you are looking for shipping quotes you can Google auto transporters for 10 free no obligation quotes. The car is at our showroom in Devils Lake, ND 58301
Here is a good looking, good running 1951 Mercury 4 door sedan with automatic transmission. The car has some minor rust but is as good as they get for not being restored, the floors and inner rockers look good.  It runs and drives great and has a great sound with dual pipes. I have driven this car on the highway and it drives smooth with no rattles or unusual noises.
The previous owner had this car since the year 2000 and only drove it about 50 miles in the last few years, iwas kept in storage. It has a good clear title and I believe you could drive it as is most anywhere. All gauges and lights work properly, tires are decent radials, upholstery is original and not to bad, some cracks in glass. This car is complete, had a paint job many years ago, had recent brake work, new battery and ready for a new owner.  The skirts, spotlights and visor stay with the car. Check out our shop tour for pictures of 4 door Mercs we have built.

"455 Rocket"

2 door, Customized Car, Air, Tilt, Cruise, Elec. windows and seats, Remote Doors,
Power Steering and brakes, Chopped top, Frenched headlights, 1954 Merc Taillights, 1951 Rear window, Sitting on Pontiac frame and suspension, 455 Olds Motor and tranny, 1954 Buick grill, Polished Americans, Purple with flames,
Poster Car with Many Awards.
    This car is new except for the paint............. louvered hood, newly rebuilt 1953 Mercury flathead, 1946 Ford 3 speed floor shift transmission, new alternator, new radiator, new heater core, new gas tank, new gas line, new brakes, new brake lines & hoses, new dropped spindles, new wide white radial tires, blasted and painted 15" rims, new headliner, new wind lace, new weather stripping, new exhaust, new functional cutouts, new upholstery, new carpet, new headliner, new am/fm/cd player,  newly rebuilt Ford 9" rear end with 3.50 gears, rebuilt wiper motor, and the list goes on.
    I took this car on a 140 mile dinner cruise and it stayed with the best. You can fly in and drive this car home today and not have to worry but be prepared for a lot of questions, thumbs up and attention!!!!!!!!!!

"Almost Heaven"



1951 MERCURY COUPE  "Almost Heaven" - SOLD
Chopped, sectioned, rear opening wedged hood, molded bumpers, air ride, extended wheelbase, custom interior, Nova sub-frame with power disc brakes, 429 Cubic Inch Ford engine with a C-6 Automatic transmission, '50 Merc rear window, tilt column, cruise control, air conditioning, heat & defrost, power steering, power brakes, wire wheels, wide white radials,  am/fm/cd player with amp, frenched '58 Lincoln headlights, '59 Chrysler grill, frenched '49 Ford taillights, nosed, decked, shaved, molded side pipes, N.D. Car of the Year, numerous Best of Show and Peoples Choice awards.
The car drives great, I put 11,000 miles on this car last season.

"Black Magic"



1951 Mercury Coupe "Black Magic" - Chopped top, frenched '53 Buick headlights, frenched '56 Packard taillights, Desoto bumpers, '54 Chevrolet grill, louvered hood, frenched electric antenna, 302 Ford motor, C-4 automatic transmission, dropped spindles, power brakes, power steering, tilt column, am/fm cassette, wide white radials, bubble skirts, dummy spotlights, frenched lakes pipes, converted to 12 volt, nosed, decked, shaved, caddy caps, air conditioning, heat & defrost, electric seat, flamed, '50 Merc rear window and v-butted windshield. 
This car is an older custom that has won numerous awards and been on the road the past 10-12 years. Although not perfect it runs drives and looks great, it quite often wins peoples choice and always get thumbs up where ever you go.

"Midnight Dream"






1951 FULL CUSTOM MERCURY - The body is resting on a 1973 Buick LeSabre frame and suspension which gives this car a beautiful ride. The motor, transmission and rear end are also '73 Buick. All components, gauges and instruments are accurate because a stock '73 Buick dash was also used. It has power steering, power brakes, power windows, tilt column, air conditioning, remote operated doors. It also has frenced lake pipes, dummy spots, and bubble skirts.
The body has had extensive modifications that include chopped top, reworked rear quarters featuring dual frenched '59 Cadillac taillights on each side along with frenched exhaust outlets along with the frenched rear license plate in the rolled rear pan. The gas tank is in the stock Buick location and the filler is located behind the license rear plate.
The front has a frenched Desoto grill, frenched '54 Merc headlights and a '51 Ford bumper turned upside down and molded in.  The hood has been nosed, the door handles have been shaved, the trunk has been decked and the power antenna has been frenched.
This has been a feature car at major shows, it was North Dakota Car of the year and was the feature car at Iola for the 60th Anniversary of Mercury. Spec Cast put out a Limited Edition die cast of this car for Iola in 1999.



1951 MERCURY - 429 Ford V8, C-6 automatic, chopped top, disc brake Nova sub, Nova rear, air, tilt, cruise, power windows, power steering, power brakes, power seat, white tuck and roll '68 T-Bird interior, frenched '54 Merc headlights, frenched Lincoln tail lights, nosed, decked, remote door solenoids, single piece door glass, v-butted windshield, rear opening hood on hydraulics, Desoto bumpers, digital dash, CD player with amp, lemon ice paint with mild contrasting graphics. Extremely nice car.  

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1951 MERCURY COUPE - Built by Black Magic Rod & Custom  


1954 - MERCURY MILD CUSTOM - Mild custom frenched, nosed, decked, shaved, lowered, & louvered  



1954 MERCURY MONTEREY 2 DOOR HARDTOP - Beautiful Red and White Mercury Monterey equipped with a 1957 312 motor with 3 deuces, 3 speed manual transmission with overdrive, and nice sounding exhaust. The car has shaved door handles (with electric buttons), its nosed, decked (electric), and the antenna is frenched of course. The Kandy Kane striped interior is in super condition, the paint looks real nice and shows only a little crazing on the vintage lacquer. The chrome on the bumpers show some fading but no rust. This was previously a Florida car and has only 60,894 actual miles.  




Extremely Nice Rust Free Burgundy (Maroon) Body, Nice Black Cloth Interior, 327
Cubic Inch Chevrolet V8, 4 Barrel, Turbo 350 Automatic Tranny, 9" Ford Rear End,
Wide White Wall Radial Tires, Cruiser Skirts, Visor, Dummy Spots, Dual Exhaust,
Rebuilt Radiator, New Front Springs, Lowered Rear, Power Antenna, Tinted Glass,
Custom Lincoln Front Clip, Lincoln Taillights, Newly Chromed Lincoln Bumpers, Nosed, Decked, Remote Trunk Opener, Converted to 12 Volt, Runs and Drives Great.

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Rebuilt 350 engine, rebuilt 350 transmission, new torque converter, 3:73 Nova rear end, new gas tank, new heater, new window rubbers, new tires, new interior, 12 volt system, lowered 3" front and rear, new exhaust, reconditioned radiator and much more. Great driver, fly in drive home.


1950 CUSTOM MERCURY – Built by Black Magic Rod & Custom  


1950 MERCURY COUPE - Chopped top, lowered front and rear, skirts, rounded hood corners, Buick headlights, nosed, decked, shaved handles, electric doors, electric windows, dual exhaust with glass packs, custom tail lights, nice interior, radial tires, chrome wheels, AM/FM Cassette, v-butted windshield, 302 Ford with a C-4 automatic transmission.  


1951 MERCURY COUPE FLATHEAD - 2 door, mild custom, custom interior, dressed 3/4 race flathead, New Paint, Super Car.  


1951 MERCURY - Flamed Black Paint with Purple Pearl Clear, air ride front, air shock rear, 350/turbo trans, black tuck and rolled interior, Stewart Warner gauges, 400 watt amp Sony sound system with 12 speakers, smoothed body, nosed, decked, and frenched. keyless remote entry, keyless trunk, frenched headlights with Chevy brows, frenched '59 Caddy tailights, tubular grill, molded front and rear bumpers, frenched power antenna, louvered hood, rounded corners, real spots, lakes, skirts, radial wide whites, many more features, etc.  


1953 MERCURY - Beautiful black finish with black tuck and roll interior, frenched '53 Packard taillights, frenched headlights, nosed, decked, shaved, solenoid operated doors and trunk, real dual working spotlights, metal skirts, lowered 3", converted to 12 volt, alternator, Holly double pumper, five hundred miles on completely overhauled Y block, bored 40 over, new carb, new cam, new timing chain, new bearings, new clutch, rear end overhaul, new brakes, and rebuilt heater.  




1954 - MERCURY FULL CUSTOM - This is a 5 time magazine feature car that has unsurpassed quality, the lower body is Lincoln Continental Electric Current Garnet Red while the roof is Cadillac White Diamond Pearl with a matching tuck and roll custom Crown Vic interior, 1955 Ford Crown Victoria roof, 1956 Packard tail lights, functional hood scoop, two frenched antennas,  1956 Lincoln Premier hubcaps, 351 Windsor motor, C-4 automatic transmission, Mustang rear end, 1953 Cadillac air cleaner, molded triple lake pipes, custom dash, frenched head lights, rear fenders extended 12", continental kit, electrically operated shaved doors, electric trunk, lowered front and rear, Ron Francis wiring, Crown Vic seats, custom made shift lever, wide whitewall tires and many, many more features that make this car so special. P.S. be sure to check out all the pictures.  
This is a great project, the top has already been chopped by A&A restoration in Rapid City. They chopped the top and tacked it back together for a guy that was going to finish the project himself  ( he never got to it.) The car has been completely soda blasted and is primed. The car had been in storage for 40 years and only has 44,000 actual miles. Motor, transmission and radiator are missing but everything else is complete. This car is as rust free as they get, inner and outer rockers are good, quarter panels are good, rear window and the rubber are good. The car has a good title and is ready to be finished.

SOLD IN 2004


1949 MERCURY COUPE PARADE CAR - This is 2 door sedan with top removed, molded side pipes, '59 Cad tail lights, dual '54 Ford frenched headlights, nosed and decked, Chevelle sub frame, Nova rear, 305 Chevrolet motor w/350 turbo transmission, power steering and tilt column. It comes with a brand new Carson Top and '66 Impala top bows (neither have been fitted) and a complete Thunderbird tuck and roll interior with console and wrap around rear seat (all new red upholstery)The car looks great, runs and drives but does need mechanical attention, it was once pro-streeted and the frame has been narrowed in the rear.
One owner car, have original title, stored inside the past 33 years. It turns over by the starter and I believe with little tuning will run (keys are missing). Car is complete right down to the hubcaps, trim rings and very nice grill. It does have some patched areas and a paint brush paint job which along with indoor storage has helped save the car. Tires hold air but are for transport only.
# 6 1950 - SEDAN - SOLD
4 Door, Original Car.  Car has good clear North Dakota Title.
#013 1950 Mercury 4 door Sedan - SOLD
 Car has good clear North Dakota Title.
1950 Mercury 4 Door Sedan - SOLD
 Car has good clear North Dakota Title.
#015 1949 Mercury 4 Door Sedan - SOLD
 Car has good clear North Dakota Title.
#016 1950 Mercury 2 Door Coupe - SOLD
 Car has good clear North Dakota Title.
1949 Mercury 2 door Coupe - SOLD
 Car has good clear North Dakota Title.
Car is complete except for motor. Extra parts, visor and skirts are in back seat.  Car has good clear North Dakota Title.
The engine is a 460 Cubic inch big block putting out about 500 Horse.  It following new parts: .040 TRW forged flat top pistons with gapless rings, Childson and Alberts rod and main bearings, Block is decked to 0 clearance, which is a compression ratio of 11.3 to 1 with Dove Heads. The Dove Heads have been ported, polished, and have larger size stainless steel valves.  The heads have competition cam valve springs, guide plates, and roller rocker arms. The motor has a 270 Competition camshaft, Eldebrock  750 CFM carburetor and performer intake manifold.  The ignition is a Mallory Unilite distributor with axcel 8.8 mm spark plug wires. The engine has Hooker headers with header wrap.  The car has a new 4 row radiator with 2 cooling fans that have adjustable temp controls. The car has a C 6 transmission with extra clutches in the clutch packs. The transmission has a shift kit and mild stall converter. There is a ford 9 inch  rear end with  3.50 limited slip posi installed.  Mickey Thompson SS tires are on the back. All of this has about 2,300 miles on them.
The interior is very nice with one small burn mark on the passenger seat. The headliner, door panels and dash are also very nice, the carpeting should be replaced. It has a tilt wheel, power steering, power brakes and an updated stereo system.
The body has never been damaged and has the original paint, I can find no rust thru but there are a few spots that have quarter size chips. The glass is all good, the stainless has a couple of dings and the body is tight.






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