Same collector has owned this car since the late 1980s! California car, clean body and floors. Believed to have 69,500 original miles.
The Turnpike cruiser was Mercury's flagship model. Built to commemorate the creation of the Interstate highway system. Each was fitted with advanced features like a retractable rear window, compound curved windshield and a trip computer.
EXTERIOR: The paint is over 40 years old. I think that says alot about the integrity of the body. It is laser .....
straight with no rust or bubbles. The paint still shows very well. A few nicks touched up and a good buffing would make it beautiful. The chrome is bright and shiny and there is plenty of it, look at the size of the front bumper! Unique features include a retractable ""breezeway"" window, air inlets at top corners of windshield, continental kit and cruiser skirts. Has a unique front roof line at the windshield. Rocket style taillights and marker lights on the roof are cool.
INTERIOR: Original interior is in good shape. Has a small split at a seam on top the driver seat. Has padded dash, flat top steering wheel, chrome ribbed headliner, push button trans and starter.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT: Has the optional bigger 430-360 hp motor. Runs smooth. It also features power steering and brakes. Clean and proper under the hood.
TRUNK COMPARTMENT: Giant trunk is all original. Has, carpet mat, jack and a whitewall spare that has never been used. Trunk light works.
UNDERSIDE: Looks like clean virgin metal. The floors, rockers and braces look to be clean original metal. Has stainless steel dual exhaust system. The transmission was just rebuilt.
This is a piece of 1950s Americana. Has so many unique features and ""firsts"" for a car. This one is a very honest original example. Some minor touching up and detail would really make it a jewel!
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