There’s no denying that Foose was a child of the hot rod era. He loves hot rods and roadsters and most of his designs are inspired by them. The problem is that a lot of these cars look like nothing more than real-life Hot Wheels. The first and most obvious thing about this car was the two-tone paint job that included a brown convertible top. The paint was beautiful but it wasn’t enough to sell the public the rest of the car. Foose went over the top with the curves and the shape of the car (via Autoweek).
Obviously, the first and most notable thing with a retro-mod should be the styling. The Merkel Roadster was more over-the-top than the average classic hot rod and it took away from the styling of the car. If anything, this car was more suited as a concept car or a life-sized toy than an actual classic. There’s no denying that Foose had a lot of fun with this one, but for many, it was too much fun.