1950 Mercury built by Rick Dore

1950 Mercury built by Rick Dore

This is a 1950 Mercury that has been built by Rick Dore to his usual extremely high standard. It is powered by a 350 cubic inch GM crate engine that is fitted to a GM 350 Turbo transmission. The chassis has been replaced with one from an Oldsmobile and it now utilizes a Full Air Rid Technologies lift kit to enable it to assume a very low stance whilst parked but retain a comfortable ride height whilst driving.

That spectacular color is Tangelo Pearl (Tangerine) that works really well against the chrome work on the car. The body has been extensively modified and has been roof chopped by 3 inches at the front and 4 inches at the rear with the B pillar slanted forward. The wheels are manufactured from a solid billet of aluminum by Colorado Custom and were inspired by the Cadillacs of the fifties.


1950 Mercury built by Rick Dore

1950 Mercury built by Rick Dore


1950 Mercury built by Rick Dore

1950 Mercury built by Rick Dore


The inside the car has been finished in soft Italian pearl white leather with a center console that runs through the car that has also been finished in Tangelo Pearl to match the exterior.

1950 Mercury built by Rick Dore

1950 Mercury built by Rick Dore


You can see more of Rick Dore’s handwork by visiting his site by clicking here.

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1953 Buick “Breathless” built by Rick Dore

1953 Buick "Breathless" (source : rickdore.com)

This is “breathless” a 1953 Buick that was built by Rick Dore to his usual very high standard. This was his second project based on a 1953 Buick Super Riviera hardtop prompted by Rick’s wife Susan. When the car was shown at the 1995 Oakland Roadster Show it won an award for being “First in its class” and also won “World’s Most Beautiful Custom” when it appeared later on in Sacramento. This car has also appeared on the cover of Custom Rodder magazine and has been mentioned in some books then later in 2005 a scale model of it was created of it.

The engine is a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 with an automatic transmission delivering around 350bhp. The front suspension is supplied from a Chevrolet Nova and has a set of chrome smoothie wheels wrapped in Coker wide whitewall tires on each corner.


1953 Buick "Breathless" (source : RM Auctions)

1953 Buick "Breathless" (source : RM Auctions)


To create that ultra smooth body Rick has removed most of the external trim including the door handles. He also flared the top of the grill and tail light clusters and fitted billet headlamp surrounds. The bumpers did not get overlooked either with “bullets” being fitted from a Packard. The rear bumper is from a 1956 Plymouth which works well with the deck lid which is from a 1951 Buick. The car has been painted in House of Kolor black purple and lavender candy paint.

1953 Buick "Breathless" (source : RM Auctions)

1953 Buick "Breathless" (source : RM Auctions)


The interior features Chevrolet Monte Carlo style swivel bucket seats, a full length center console, a custom build rear seat and is covered in pearl leather accented by purple highlights.

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John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster built by Rick Dore

John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster (source : rickdore.com)

This is John O’Quinn’s 1936 Ford Roadster that was build a few years ago by Rick Dore. John is a laywer and avid collector of cars with a collection of almost 900 cars already.

The car is sitting on a chassis supplied by Total Cost Involved Engineering which was modified to allow the ’36 body to be fitted to it. The suspension was the adjusted to allow the fitment of Air Ride Technologies air bags at each corner.


Inside the car the dashboard and mod-cons are kept to a minimum with the addition of only a few Classic Instrument gauges and the control unit for the air bags. The seats are covered in pearl-white leather by Contra Costa Vinyl who also supplied black Mercedes-style carpets.

John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster (source : rickdore.com)

John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster (source : rickdore.com)


The sumptuous paint was sprayed by Art Himsl by mixing a custom candy red and applying a lot of coats! The wheels are chrome Tru-Spoke wire wheels with Coker wide white wall tires on them which are all set off beautifully by the rich paintwork.

John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster (source : rickdore.com)

John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster (source : rickdore.com)


The Du-Vall windscreen was manufacturer by by Rick along with the fender-skirts but some of the other work was carried out by external suppliers such as John Aiello. Aiello manufacturer the Carson style roof for the roadster and also performed the detailing around the hood area with the fitment of the Packard grille. The front fenders have also bee stretched, crossing over onto the doors, this give the front a much more fluid look similarly the rear of the car was also adjusted in the same way.

John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster (source : rickdore.com)

John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster (source : rickdore.com)


John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster (source : rickdore.com)

John O’Quinn’s 1936 Roadster (source : rickdore.com)


You can see more pictures of this roaster on Rick’s website by clicking here. If you click on the video below you can see a You Tube video produced by web-rides about this roadster as well.

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1940 Mercury Custom Coupe built by Rick Dore

1940 Mercucry Coupe

Rick Dore was inspired by Nick Matranga’s severely lowered, hardtop ’40 Mercury that became a cult classic and was widely copied by builders everywhere. Rick says that he built this car to be driven and is quoted as saying “I built it to be a driver; the new owner can take it cross-country with confidence.”

The Mercury has been roof chopped by taking 4 inches from the front and sic inches from the rear, reshaping the roof to create a smooth contour. The front windshield has been raised by an inch and the crown of the roof has been trimmed to make it more aesthetically pleasing. The front and rear fenders have been blended into the body and the running boards have been trimmed. All the modifications have been carried out using metal as you would expect from a car of this calibre.


1940 Mercury Coupe

1940 Mercury Custom Coupe


Powering this Mercury is a 327 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 with an estimated power output of around 300 hp. This is bolted to a 350 Turbo-Hydraulic transmission and power is delivered to the road through a posi-traction rear-end. The suspension has been modified to include a drop axle on the font and air-bags at the rear.

1940 Mercury Coupe

1940 Mercury Coupe


Inside the car are front bucket and rear bench seats all trimmed in soft Italian white pearl leather, complemented by a console accented to match the exterior.

1940 Mercury Coupe

1940 Mercury Coupe


1940 Mercury Coupe


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