Jump to content

Photos of Mercer Raceabout


Moxis
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hello, I am a retired electronics engineer living in Finland. My hobby is car model building. A few years ago I was building a very detailed 1/6 scale model of a Bugatti 35 all from scratch. Now that I am searching new project, I would like to build a model of 1912 Mercier Raceabout in the same 1/6 scale including as much details as possible.
This is why I am searching companies or individuals to be able to help me to find  detail photographs of this wonderful car.
If you are not able to help me, I would be very glad if you could inform me where to ask further.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thank you 1935Packard! Good quality pictures indeed. Those are very valuable for model building, but still I would like to have closeups of different parts of the vehicle to disclose the smallest details.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I may be able to help. About 2 years ago I visited the Pertersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles. They had on display an all-original, never restored 1913 Mercer Raceabout.  It was behind ropes, so I couldn't get real close, but I did take 70 pictures of the car (I want to build a similar raceabout body for my own speedster).  

 

You can access these photos via the link below. They are on my Google Drive. I made the photos public so you (or anyone else) can download them. 

 

I'll keep the link public for a couple of weeks.

 

Hope this is useful.

 

The link:

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zWMHjL0Vlkqt_2USnQvCjhUx4gkVayHO?usp=sharing

 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hudson Miniatures made a balsa model kit of a Mercer Raceabout in the 1950s. Attached are the plans if you don't already have them. The car is shown as a 1911 but I think it is based on Jack Fetterolf's 1913 car shown in this thread here:

 

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/341211-period-images-to-relieve-some-of-the-stress/page/21/?tab=comments#comment-2015924

 

There is some footage of a Mercer in this film of the 1954 Anglo-American Vintage Car Rally. It's referred to as a 1921 but I think it should be a 1912:

 

 

 

List-1-1911-Mercer.jpg

Edited by Benoit (see edit history)
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

And special thanks to RansomEli for your wonderful closeups. I downloaded your 70+ pictures into my hard disk so that now I can really start building the model!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Moxis,

 

Good luck with the build. Keep us posted with photos of your progress.

 

As a sidenote, I have not been able to find the proper color of yellow for the 1913 Mercer. No one has (or is willing to share) a paint code.  I have been told there is considerable disagreement amongst Mercer experts as to the exact shade of yellow. 

 

If you find something, let us know.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I noticed two of the cars have the gas tank for the head lights mounted property with the outlet valve at the top, one car has it at the bottom incorrect.  The little things will make your model better.  Also check out the side lights, two cars are the same the other is different, they all may be wrong?  When cars are restored the brass gets upgraded or changed sometimes.  

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, RansomEli said:

Moxis,

 

Good luck with the build. Keep us posted with photos of your progress.

 

As a sidenote, I have not been able to find the proper color of yellow for the 1913 Mercer. No one has (or is willing to share) a paint code.  I have been told there is considerable disagreement amongst Mercer experts as to the exact shade of yellow. 

 

If you find something, let us know.

 

Actually, you are probably being generous to call it yellow since it was closer to a not very pretty orange.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

19 hours ago, Moxis said:

Thanks a lot guys, now we are getting there! As some of you wanted here are a couple of pictures of my Bugatti model.

You should hop over to the "our cars and restoration projects" section and check out the posts on the Construction of the Continental II model 1:12 scale.  I'm sure you and Roger would get a long. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

# MikeC5, thank you! I didn't count the hours but roughly it took about 3 years to build the model. Not full time but during the free time.

 

# nickelroaster, in fact I have informed model builders in my country that I might be able to help them to fabricate parts for their models. Until today there has not been very much interest.

To fabricate full size parts is too much for my humble premises and machines.

 

# A. Ballard 35R, I have issued some build blogs at some other forums. I think this is more concentrating to full size cars. My intention is to start a blog of the Mercer too, if I ever am ready to start the build.

 

# Laughing Coyote, good hint, I must check it out!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A fellow from Ontario Canada name is Michael Longfield has a Pebble Beach quality restored one in his collection. He is on this forum occasionally and an extremely nice family and may be able to help. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sorry it is a 1913 Mercer photo is from Cobble Beach 2018 if I remember the last time I was in his old shop 7/8 years ago he may have had another early unrestored original Mercer sitting. Getting old and fogy I guess. Click on the picture. 

https://www.cobblebeachconcours.com/gallery-2018-winners#&gid=1961291692&pid=4

Edited by Joe in Canada (see edit history)
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Very nice car indeed. It could be beautiful target for modelling. If only it would be possible to get more photos of her. Not only outside, but also underneath to see the details of frame, axles, suspension, gearbox, engine etc.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Moxis, a few years ago at the SEMA show, Coker Tire had a Mercer tribute car in their booth. Corky Coker told me that his crew built it. They may have detailed drawings and/or specs that they used to build the car, and may be willing to take some photos for you. They are easy to find online. 

Mercer tribute Coker 1.jpg

Mercer tribute Coker 2.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...