While the team down here in Tampa Florida is recovering from preparing, restoring, and showing our Leo Lyons Custom Mercury at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, some of folks we met and interviews we gave during our trip to California are now appearing in print and digital sources.
The latest appearance was in the weekend edition of USA Today and featured both a short story and a 3-minute video. And…. I’m pleased to say that the interview was with Rick D’Louhy who did a superb job at outlining the history and unique characteristics of our 1950 Leo Lyons Custom Mercury.
The interview and story was conducted by Chris Woodyard of USA Today who we give great thanks to for sharing the story of Leo Lyons and his dream to build what turned out to be the most radical Custom Mercury of the 50s.
Click Here To Review The USA Today Story on the Leo Lyons Ultra Modern Mercury That Features a 3 Minute Video Too
Great thanks again to Chris Woodyard for sharing this story and video with his readers at USA Today, and we hope you enjoyed it too. And remember gang…
The adventure continues here at Forgotten Fiberglass.
Fabulous job and great coverage.
Yes, indeed the reference to “1957 Pontiac tail light surrounds” actually ought to state they are really 1957 Pontiac rear exhaust ports, not tail lights. Of course, turned sideways.
And the thing I keep going over in my mind is the amazing similarity of this car to the experimental Zeder Z-250 of the early 1950s. The front clip, overall body, even wheel covers and color. Take a look at the Zeder Z-250 in Petersen Automotive Museum’s collection. So similar, the two almost look like siblings!
I believe the tail light surrounds are Pontiac bumper exhaust housing (rather than tail lamp surround as Rick mentioned in the interview) when the exhaust exited through the bumper. This is the 1957 version. The back up lamps are, of course, the 1954/1954 Pontiac back up lamps with glass lens, stainless bands and the horrible Korean War era chrome on pot metal. The back up lamps are easier found NOS than with the pot metal intact due to the thin chrome plating flaking off and the port metal deteriorating. Interesting the use of GM parts in this “Mercury”.
Another project car completed, shown at a major show and saved for future generations to enjoy.Unless you have built one of these cars or restored one you cannot imagine the effort and expense it takes to put a car of this quality together, especially within a set time frame. My thanks and respect go out to Geoff and Rick for gathering these cars up to preserve them, most would have truly been forgotten fiberglass.