Friday, January 2, 2015

1951 Mercury Sport Sedan

1951 Mercury Sport Sedan

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Mercury offered but a single four-door for 1951, and with 157,648 examples built, the Sport Sedan proved to be the brand’s most popular model. Though not rare by anyone’s definition, examples as apparently clean as this 1951 Mercury Sport Sedan, for sale on, don’t come along too often. If that’s the good news, here’s the bad: The Merc’s original owner was the frugal sort, and the car appears to have been delivered without the optional overdrive, heater or radio, making it most attractive to buyers in warmer (but not hot) locales who avoid long trips on the highway. The car’s current owner claims it’s never been restored, and that the only non-original part is a replacement carburetor on the (original) flathead V-8.  From the seller’s description:
1951 Mercury 4 dr , great condition , 3 on the tree , has not been restored , recently spent over $1000 getting it tunes up and running . It appears the only thing not original is the carburetor, we have the orignal air cleaner,  original flathead, all stainless and trim. California title , custom plate R51MERC
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1957 Mercury Montclair Phaeton Hardtop Coupe

1957 Mercury Montclair Phaeton Hardtop Coupe - Image 1 of 50

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"Breezeway" Rear Window In The "Turnpike Cruiser"

In automotive design terminology, the name breezeway has been used to describe the reverse-slanted, power-operated rear window ("backlite") which, when opened even slightly, provided through ventilation. Typical models with this feature are late-1950's Mercury Turnpike Cruisers and Park Lanes.

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Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

The Mercury Turnpike Cruiser was the flagship model of the Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company that was produced from 1957 to 1958. The Turnpike Cruiser was produced in two body styles: a two-door and four-door hardtop were offered. In 1957 a convertible was produced, serving as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 of that year.

At introduction of the 1957 line up the Turnpike Cruiser series offered two- and four-door hardtop body styles. They are best known for the unique styling cues and wide array of gadgets including a "Breezeway" power rear window that could be lowered to improve ventilation, "twin jet" air intakes at upper corners of car's windshield, "seat-o-matic" automatically adjusting seat, and an average speed "computer" (that would tell your average speed at any point along a trip). A convertible version served as the pace car of the 1957 Indianapolis 500. 


1957 Convertible Cruiser
For 1957, the Turnpike Cruiser was the premium model offering from Mercury. In addition to its unique features, the car was further differentiated from other Mercury models by a gold anodized trim strip in the car's rear fin. It came standard with an automatic transmission and a 368-c.i.d. engine producing 290 horsepower (220 kW); this engine was optional on other Mercurys. A tachometer was available. Safety features such as an impact absorbing, deep-dish steering wheel and safety door locks were standard, while seat belts and a padded dash were optional. It made up 8.47% of Mercury's sales in 1957.

Motor Trend gave high marks for fuel economy (14.6mpg at 60mph) and comfort, low for handling.

Convertible Cruiser

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser convertible
Later in the model year an open car named Convertible Cruiser was added to this series. From the beginning it was created only to be used as the official pace car of the 1957 Indianapolis 500. On January 7, 1957 it was announced that the Convertible Cruiser would be available as a production model as well. All Convertible cruisers had a continental tire kit and were painted yellow (Sun Glitter), similar to the original pace cars.


In 1958 the Turnpike Cruiser joined the mid-range Mercury Montclair line with only minor trim changes to the car from the previous year, but the convertible version was not offered this year. Standard engine became the 383-c.i.d. "Marauder" V8 engine, with the 430-c.i.d., 360 horsepower (270 kW) version available as an option. A triple-carburetor"Super Marauder" 400 horsepower (300 kW) version was available across the Mercury line. Self-adjusting brakes were added.

The Turnpike Cruiser was discontinued for 1959. However from 1963 to1966 Mercury revived the Turnpike Cruiser's most noted feature, the retractable rear window, on its "Breezeway" sub-series in the Monterey, Montclair and Park Lane model ranges.

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Mercury Commuter

1957 Mercury 2-door Commuter hardtop station wagon

1957 Mercury 4-door Commuter hardtop station wagon rear

The Mercury Commuter was Mercury's lowest-priced full-size station wagon from 1957 to 1968. When introduced for the 1957 model year it was priced below Mercury's other two new full size wagons, the Voyager and the Colony Park. In 1957 the same 368 cu in (6.0 L) Lincoln Y-Block V8 that was standard equipment on the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser was optional equipment on the Commuter. It was initially available as a two-door wagon and as a four-door wagon with the former discontinued after the 1959 model year. The Commuter was temporarily absent in 1963, in concession to the new Meteor station wagons, but was reinstated for 1964, when the Meteor was dropped. The Commuter was phased out for good, like the full-size Mercury Montclair and Park Lane, after the 1968 model year. On a collectible scale model note, a 1968 Commuter wagon was rendered in the form of a Matchbox scale die cast car, however, along with a companion Matchbox 1968 Park Lane sedan.

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Mercury Voyager


The Mercury Voyager was Mercury's mid-priced full-size station wagon from 1957 through 1958. When introduced for the 1957 model year it was priced between Mercury's other two new full size wagons, the Mercury Commuter and the Colony Park. It was available as both a 2-door (of which 2283 units were produced in 1957) and a 4-door.

Examples in today's market typically feature the combination of the optional 368 cu in (6.0 L) Lincoln Y-Block V8 with a push-button transmission and power steering.

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1957 Mercury Voyager Wagon

1957 Mercury Voyager Wagon - Image 1 of 19

Extremely rare to see, this 1957 Mercury Station wagon is definitely a stand out. The white and gold exterior gives and antique feel while the natural tan / brown / white interior does an excellent job of being practical while interesting. The engine is a rebuilt "Turnpike cruiser" engine that displaces 368ci and makes 290hp. The transmission is a push button automatic. Combine the rugged suspension with power brakes and steering, this utility wagon is a blast to drive.

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