This is an exacting replica of of Bill Stroppe’s 1957 Mercury Mermaid, a car that the Mercury performance expert had built for the Daytona Beach Speed Trials. Stripped down to a single oval cockpit and featuring a jet-age fin behind that, the Mermaid was powered by a 387-CID Lincoln V8, to which had been added a Hilborn injection system, Headman headers, and Scintilla magneto.
This replica was built by Royce Brechler of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin. The original didn’t make much of a name for itself on the track, eventually ending up on a used car lot, and then parts unknown. Imagine driving down the block and seeing this poking out of a dealer’s lot with a “Low Down Payment” sign positioned under its raised hood!
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