eBay Motors auction page: http://easyurl.net/1954Mercury
The John Najjar-designed Mercury XM-800 concept was an auto show
staple in 1954. With its covered whitewalls, sleek profile,
detailed greenhouse, and a rear end that's even better looking
than its nose, it caught the eye of many a showgoer...most of
the fabulous show and concept cars of the era wound up in the
crusher, lost forever. As such, when a survivor pops onto the
radar, it's a matter of interest. When its life on tour was
complete, Ford Motor Company donated the XM-800 to the
University of Michigan's Engineering School/Automotive Engine
Laboratory School. Later, when the school closed, it was sold
off to a private individual who later sold it off again.
According to the auction listing, the most recent owner has had
the car for the better part of the last three decades.
Now, it's on the market again, and it can be yours via eBay.
It's in obvious need of restoration, but the car's bodywork is
rust-free (it's fiberglass), and despite its age and general
lack of use (it has reportedly been driven under five miles in
its 54-year life) it's a runner...