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Mileage 350
Exterior Color Green
Interior Color Green/Cream
Transmission 3-Speed
Stock # M118
VIN
99A121762

1940 Mercury Convertible Hot Rod Custom

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· Mileage: 350
· Color: Green
Mileage 350
Exterior Color Green
Interior Color Green/Cream
Transmission 3-Speed
Stock # M118
VIN 99A121762
Overstreet House Of Cars
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