What I think we’re seeing here is the result of a perfectly timed and placed collision between a 1951 Ford and a 1993 Mercury Cougar. We don’t know if either driver survived, but the merged car is for sale in Latta, South Carolina with an ad here on craigslist. As reader Brice T. remarked when he sent this one in, “This belongs in the oddball collection…LOL.” Wink, wink!
Look at this! Some of the Ford components made it all the way to the front of the car! Wow, that must have been some impact! Apart from some misalignment of the hood, it appears that somehow the body panels and even the paint survived the collision.
From the rear, it also looks like old Dearborn steel beats new, as the trunk portion of the ’51 blended in nicely with the greenhouse of the ’93. I guess the glass used in the newer car must be stronger, probably because it’s bonded in and used as a structural member.
It’s amazing that the heat from the collision must have melted the paints together as well. The two spotlights on the roof pillars are the only remnants above the beltline of the Ford, while the Mercury mid-section also looks like it survived largely intact.
It’s pretty clear that the Mercury interior survived almost completely intact, with only some wear on the driver’s seat giving hints to what must have been a cataclysmic accident. I’m surprised there aren’t some dark stains as well!
We know the induction system is from the later car, but who knows what survived under that mess of vacuum hoses and plastic? Is it from the shoebox Ford or the later Mercury?
Okay, yes, we know there is a kit out there to graft the front and rear components onto a 1990’s Thunderbird or Cougar, which I’m sure was used in this case. I hope you are enjoying this edition of Barn Finds April Fools posts!