Consider these two pics above to be bookends to today's blog. The one on the left is a 1956 and the right a 1960 Mercury. Both are quite attractive and rather subdued when taken in the context of the late '50's. But what happened to Mercury in between? How about the ultimate in bad taste or designs that were way over the top.
How's this for "modern art"?
The 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser.......check out the two little "space age" antennae at the top corners of the front windshield, the gold trim in the side alcove, the reverse slant rear window (it goes up and down) and the strange fins. There were cars which had some wild designs in this time frame, but nothing as over the top as these Mercurys. Aliens landing would be very pleased to see this sort of thing greet them - make them feel right at home. As the ad says, "Styled to influence......cars for years to come....", which really meant for one or two more years and then sanity took over.
1957 Turnpike Cruiser with 4 headlight option
But where did this design come from? From a dream car of course (see ad above), or may be from a nightmare. Check this out........
This preview of the future was from '55 or '56. Pretty good preview of the over the top 1957 and 1958 Mercurys. Neat to look back at these things today, because we'll never see stuff like this again. Thank goodness!
Until next time.......