Merc 9 & Aieko in Japan

While we were in Japan for the 25th annual Hot Rod Custom Show we were able to set up a shoot with the 'Merc 9' custom Mercury with our good friend Aieko Espejo. When Isamu Kondo (owner/builder) was designing his show-stopping 'Merc 9' custom he wanted to make sure it wasn't just for show. The Mercury was built to enjoy on the streets. In his own words, "It's nothing if you don't play with it even though it is a show car." We strongly agree!
The unique paint scheme is quick to stand out. You don't see very many Mercury customs with paint jobs like this. Matt, from Cal Trend, helped Isamu achieve his design. As you can see from the photos the paint job isn't the only thing unique about Isamu's creation. He put a lot of time and effort into building this one of a kind custom. Thanks for letting us shoot your car Isamu!

Isamu was excited to show us his flame throwers since it is prohibited in both the streets and shows in Japan.

Isamu was excited to show us his flame throwers since it is prohibited in both the streets and shows in Japan.