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Kevan Sledge Merc Finished


After driving his perfectly styled 1940 Mercury in suede for many years. Kevan Sledge debuted his finished 1940 Mercury at the 2014 Santa Maria WCK show.

[dropcap]K[/dropcap]evan Sledge of Sledge Customs in Auburn, Ca. has created one of the most striking 1940 Mercury coupes ever built. The way the top was chopped with the reshaped c-pillar, the raised top of the windshield and many other fine, subtile and not so subtile details makes his Mercury an true custom car icon. Obviously inspired by the Barris-built Matranga Mercury, but improved with his personal styling ideas. The car has been in the works for many years by Kevan, and was created with the help of many others including Rob Radcliff, Octavio Chavez, Mark Idzardi, Anthony Casteneda, Victor Jimenez, Joe Bufardi and Jason Haskins.


And now in 2014 Kevan has finally finished, or at least nearly finished his 1940 Mercury. There are still a few small details that need to be address. But still we can called his 1940 Mercury finished. We plan on doing an full article on Kevan’s mercury soon. But here are a few photos of the finished car and a fe from its long journey.

CCC_Sledge-40-merc-painted-06Kevan’s Merc in black primer, plex mailslot windshield at Viva Las Vegas.

CCC_Sledge-40-merc-painted-07The Merc at King Kustoms workshop for some fine tuning work by Rob Radcliffe.

CCC_Sledge-40-merc-painted-05Kevan’s Mercury was invited to the prestigious Mercury Gathering at the 2009 Sacramento Autorama.

CCC_Sledge-40-merc-painted-01In November 2013, Kevan hired Rik Hoving Kustoms to visualize a few gloss colors on his satin Merc. It was time for a deep geen glossy paintjob. Here is one of the digital gloss color proposals.

CCC_Sledge-40-merc-painted-02In the paint booth getting ready for the final color.

CCC_Sledge-40-merc-painted-04And we have color and shine.


CCC_Sledge-40-merc-painted-09Howard Bond photo at the 2014,Santa Maria West Coast Kustoms show where Kevan debuted his finished Mercury. (May 24, 2014)




A few more photos of Kevan’s mercury an be seen in the CCC-Forum post on the West Coast Kustoms show in Santa Maria. Check it out HERE.







Rik Hoving

Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)

7 thoughts on “Kevan Sledge Merc Finished

  • Kevan’s ’40 Merc has the perfect profile, stance, and all the correct details to make it a “classic” traditional custom. I really like the new green paint! Congratulations to Kevan and everyone who contributed to building his fine 1940 Mercury custom.

  • It was cool to see it done even though at the time I didn’t realize it was Kevan’s. It was beautiful. My son actually saw it first and ran over and made me lift him up to see the interior. Lol.

  • Kevan… you set superior standards that other builders can and should aspire to. The subtlety, and at the same time acutely dramatic effect of that proper green make the your Mercury a standout. Accurately so.

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