The 1950 Templeton Saturn: A Custom Mercury with Bob Hope Ties
You probably know Bob Hope as the guy holding the golf putter at all times, hosting USO shows. But Hope also was part of one of the wildest custom rides of the postwar era; the 1950 Templeton Saturn- a custom car like no other. There is so much going on with this car, that at best, we had to classify it as a 1950 Mercury, but in fact, custom builder Lloyd Templeton started with a 1948 Mercury chassis, with a Ford flathead V8. It had aftermarket heads and other go-fast parts, which allowed it to reach a claimed top speed of 105 mph– impressive for the day.
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But the real story is the body work. The car features components from a number of vehicles, like the window of an XK120, the hood of a 1936 Chrysler, bumpers from a 1946 Pontiac, chrome bits from a Studebaker, and the grille from a 1946. The bulbous rear fins came from several Chevrolet vehicles, and the rear deck was even the hood from a 1936 Ford! In all, this mishmash of automotive parts yielded wild results!
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According to the sellers, the car was to be used in a film with Bob Hope, but the project was eventually scrubbed. Apparently, Hope liked the car and and may have even ridden in it a few times. There is certainly photographic evidence of Hope with the car. Even without the Hope connection, this is one of the more amazing cars to come out of the 1950s. The Templeton Saturn could be regarded as '50s style hyperbole at its best.
Photo Credit: Phil Greatorex