Posts from ‘Mercury’

Apr
01
Classic Automatic Transmission Ads

1950 Packard

As you likely already know, the manual transmission is all but dead. Nothing drove home this point better than the news that in 2019, pure-electric vehicles outsold vehicles equipped with manual transmissions in the U.S.

Mar
25
1987 Buick Ad

1987 Buick LeSabre

Question: Is a Buick LeSabre a luxury car? What about a LeSabre Coupe, which seems a little more indulgent than the sedan? For this collection of luxury vehicle ads, we’ve dipped a little low on the price scale by including Mercurys and Oldsmobiles, as well as the aforementioned Buick. Even if they’re not true luxury rides, it’s easy enough to argue that these particular cars are at least a cut above the mainstream fray.

Mar
17
1960 Jaguar, Cars in Motion

1960 Jaguar Mark II Sedan

One of the biggest recurring disappointments of my elementary-school days was thinking that I was going to class to see a movie, and finding out I was really going to be sitting through a crappy filmstrip presentation.

Mar
06
Fashion in Classic Car Ads

1947 Packard

As an automotive journalist, I am not predisposed to know much about fashion. That said, I do know a smartly attired individual when I see one.

Feb
26
Wood Sided Wagons

1973 Ford Pinto

Most automotive styling affectations were born of functional vehicle features. Real wire wheels, for example, lead to the faux-wire hubcaps that were so common in the Eighties, especially on Buicks and Oldsmobiles. Likewise, the vinyl and landau roof craze of the Seventies and Eighties was born of the landaulet and carriage-roof vehicles from decades earlier.

Jan
15

1970 Saab Viggen Ad, Viggen

There’s almost no glamour to be found in flying these days. The events of September 11, 2001, certainly complicated the process of getting through an airport and onto a commercial flight, but even before that horrible day, flying was becoming more of a grind than an adventure for most travelers. We’ve all heard plenty of jokes about airline food…

Dec
16
Classic Turbo Ads

1981 Fiat Spider Turbo

It’s a fairly simple concept: You force more air into an engine to improve volumetric efficiency and thus increase horsepower. Turbocharging is so common these days that cars are very rarely named or badged as turbos. Every single 2020 Ford Escape, for example, is turbocharged.

Nov
05

2019 Mecum Chicago Auction GalleryLike it does every October, the Mecum Auctions road show rolled in to the Schaumberg Convention Center in Schaumberg, Illinois, late last month. As usual, the Mecum Chicago event boasted its share of big-ticket, six-figure classics—the top seller of this year’s show was a rare Calypso Coral 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 (pictured below) that went for $275,000.

Jul
26
1950 Mercury Monterey Coupe, Cortaro Red

1950 Mercury Monterey Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2006 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By John Biel

The choices we make in life can be so important. Ted Burleson’s gleaming beauty of a 1950 Mercury Monterey coupe featured here proves that.

The Los Angeles-built Merc spent many years in Colorado before the Alton, Illinois, man acquired the car in 1990 and finished its restoration. “It was a rust-free car in good condition to start with,” Burleson noted.

Jul
08
Cheapest American Cars of 1980

1980 Mercury Bobcat

There are few emotional influences more powerful than nostalgia. To hear my mother tell it, for example, everything was better in the old country. Given the fact that mom’s childhood home lacked electricity, indoor plumbing, and access to Netflix, I’m pretty sure the fog of time is clouding her judgement somewhat.