Although it’s gone now, there was a time– post-war America in the late 1940s-early 1950s, to be precise– that Mercury made the hottest cars in all the land. The ’51 remains a high watermark of industrial design, but the split-window ’49 is not to be ignored. That’s especially true of the ’49 Mercury you see here. That’s because this Mercury has a secret: it’s a Tesla.

The car was built by Jonathan Ward at ICON, who presents it under his “Derelict” brand of restomods. On the surface, it’s an unrestored ’49 Mercury brimming with character and patina. Dig a bit deeper, and you’ll find a like-new interior– like new for 1949, but still. Look under the hood, however, and you’re greeted by more than 400HP worth of Tesla Performance 85kWh battery.

It’s one of those builds that’s just perfect. Truly, I can’t imagine a single change that would make this car any better. I even like the copper/bronze finish on the Derelict badge. Amazing!

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this ICON Merc. In the ten years (holy Hell, ten years!) I’ve been writing articles for Gas 2, only one or two other builds have impressed me more– but that’s just me. What about you guys? Does Ward’s creation have you crazy ’bout a Mercury? Listen to Alan Jackson’s love song to the ’49, below, then let us know what you think of this wild resto in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


Alan Jackson | Mercury Blues

Source | More Photos: Petrolicious.