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It was very exciting to see my late uncle's name, Ralph Buckley, mentioned in these posts. I would love to hear from anyone who has information about him and his cars -- email: medeason@aol.com. I too have fond memories of those rides in the red mercer and my children were lucky enough to experience that joy too!

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I have located a 1923 Mercer type 6 in near mint seemingly unrestored condition.It has 47,000 original miles. I am trying to gather as much information about this vehicle as possible if you guys could point me in the right direction that would be VERY helpful. I don't know if this is something you want to ad to your "roster" please let me know as I have all the serial numbers and I also have pictures of the car. If you could please email me at dwilsonpensltd@yahoo.com that would be the best.

Thanks--

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Hello,

I am new here and this is my first post so please forgive me if I am dredging up old information, but there is at least one remaining Sharp Arrow. There is a 1908 model at the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine. Take a look here: 1908 Sharp Arrow

Mark Cowan

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Hi this is my first post. My wife and I are nearing the completion of our L head 1922 Mercer Runabout (2 seater with rumble seat). I would be very interested if anyone knows of the location of another long wheelbase 4 cylinder L head Runabout. I would like to discuss some details of the restoration with the owner. There is supposed to be another car in California but I don't know how to contact the owner.

Al

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The Fall 1947 issue of Antique Automobile had a list of all the MERCER owners & cars. There were 15 known 1911-14 Raceabouts at that time, how many are there today? Only 2 touring cars 11-14 on the list.

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Try to contact Stan Smith at "stan@myersmith.com" he keeps the most up to date roster info and loves to talk about Mercers. Stude8

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Funny, I remember that ad as a kid! Believe the asking price was about 250k, which was a tremendous amount of money at the time. The ad was beautiful and the car was bright yellow. I remember a large brass searchlight dead center above the hood. Probably the most memorable front page of Hemmings ever!

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You should probably start reading the Mercer feature in Automobile Quarterly vol34 #3. Mercer's prehistory is not simple and direct, and probably there is much that is not known. The Walter was made by a chocolate machinery company, and Etienne Planche and Louis Chevrolet were apparently involved in part. Sharp Arrow is also a likely antecedent. It is unlikely that any remains exist of any of these cars, and little pictorial record. One of the Mercer owners in Sydney told me he had a letter from a man who said he had a Roebling-Planche, but when I spoke to him about it he denied all knowledge. The best people to consult are probably Tim Kuser, whose family weree involver with Walter and Mercer, and Fred Hoch. You may learn a lot by looking and asking; but the probability of finding anything is maybe not encouraging. Ivan Saxton

I believe Fred owns an 09 speedster. It is the oldest known Mercer extent, I believe.

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The Fall 1947 issue of Antique Automobile had a list of all the MERCER owners & cars. There were 15 known 1911-14 Raceabouts at that time, how many are there today? Only 2 touring cars 11-14 on the list.

I would venture over 25. As prices have risen, a few more have been found and "parts" assembled.

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Does anyone know the fate of the Series 5 that starred in "Singing in the Rain" in 1952? I haven't seen photos of one with chrome wire wheels before.

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The "Singing in the Rain" car was, at the time of the movie, owned by an auto dealer in CA. He "restored it" (chromed wheels) and rented it out to the studios. It was sold a few years later as a part of a divorce settlement. The car was also on the cover of Motor Trend in 1955.

Earlier in it's life, it was stripped down and raced as a AAA stock car. There is documentation of a 2nd place finish in 1928 Decoration Day race at the board track in Amatol NJ near Atlantic City. Maybe those lightened rods where in this car. Around 1930 it was restored back to road going form by the great Vince Galloni in Trenton. Galloni extended the cowl and raked the windshield. It then passed through several owners including Hemp Oliver, D. Cameron Peck and Dick Teague.

Subsequently it has been in the ownership of the same family since 1955. It is currently in winter hibernation in a garage in Maine. It is not for sale.

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Karl

You know I miss my car but am happy you own, drive and enjoy it.

Last week my heart was fixed after 15 years of tough going. I look forward to a complete recovery and joining the group of Mercer owner/drivers once more. I still have my fur driving coat and beaver gloves!!

I feel, like you, the loss on T-head runabouts is sad but also touring cars as well

This year I got life for Christmas

Merry Christmas to all.:)

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The "Singing in the Rain" car was, at the time of the movie, owned by an auto dealer in CA...

What a wonderful legacy and historical narrative; thanks. As I comb through old magazines and books, not to mention web searches, it's becoming increasingly clear that there aren't many 'where are they now' cars un-accounted for. It's interesting that so few Mercers remain as a percentage of total production, and that the attrition seems to have occurred fairly soon after the demise of the company. I find that interesting because since the '50's, even for collectible cars that were raced, a remarkable percentage seem to be preserved even after passing through a period of obsolescence and disinterest. But I guess there was the depression, then a world war... maybe different times...

Again, thanks for the history on this one, a fabulous family treasure.

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You know I miss my car but am happy you own, drive and enjoy it.

May God Bless you Jim.

Merry Christmas.

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Dwilson,

In responce to your querry on info regarding series 6 mercers I am posting the following which was sent to me by the Library of Congress in response to my persuit of a "chiltons manual" for my series 5. I have also sent it directly to your yahoo address as requested. I just figured some of the folks on here might enjoy it as well.

"I was sending you the Worldcat Mercer records and discovered that the Hagley Museum and Library has digitized the Mercer Motor Cars book.

>

> See Hagley Digital Archives Compound Object Viewer

Cheers!

> Ms. Jennifer J. Harbster, MLIS

> Digital Reference Specialist

> Recommending Officer Mathematics

> Science, Technology, and Business Division

> Library of Congress "

Hope it helps! :)

TM

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