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Steve Miller sang, "I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury, I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury I'm gonna buy me a Mercury."
When I saw this substantial 1:18 scale Ertl James Dean 1949 Mercury Eight for sale at a thrift shop, it caught me by complete surprize as nothing major seemed wrong with it. On top was the thrifty price of only $5.98 . No-brainer. It was a little dusty and did have a crooked rear tail light and windshield wiper, and a short section of a rear tailpipe missing. Easy fixes. I detailed the green flathead engine, painted the transmission a flat black, adjusted the rear tail light and completed the most difficult job, making a windshield wiper.The essential exhaust extensions were made, too, out of aluminum tubing. She has some bruises to the paint but overall is a very nice addition to the 40s and 50s cars in the collection.