The Cyclone Spoiler and the later long-nosed Spoiler II were cars that Ford Motor Company built in order to go racing. They were special-bodied cars with few options from the aero era of NASCAR. The Cyclone Spoiler II was constructed to compete with the Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird, cars that were dominant in the series, especially on super speedways such as Daytona and Talladega. Continue reading
This historic vehicle was purchased at a Barrett-Jackson Auction, where it was the Hagerty Fantasy Car Bid of the Day. Prior to purchase it was a one-family car. given to Whitney J. Young, Jr., civil rights leader and adviser to several presidents by the Ford Motor Company. Continue reading
At first glance, this great-looking 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 coupe seemed like the kind of low-mileage survivor that spent most of its life hanging out in the garage. A one-owner Southern California car, the Pick of the Day is actually testament to the power of good, persistent care and maintenance in keeping a vehicle like new.
As I read the lengthy description provided by the Santa Monica, California, dealer on ClassicCars.com, it seemed to follow the familiar route of collector cars that have been barely driven and as a result have remained in pristine condition. But I could feel my eyes bug out when I read what’s on the odometer: 221,980 miles! Continue reading
The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Mercury Monterey four-door sedan with the popular and even show-stopping “Breezeway” electric rear window. But wait, there’s more… much more.
The argument over who built the first muscle cars will never be settled, but here is a sports classic from the early 1960s with all the style and performance that defines the species. And check out that roofline.
The Pick of the Day, a 1963 Mercury Marauder two-door hardtop, is a 59,000-mile survivor powered by a 390 cid V8 rated at 300 horsepower, according to the seller’s listing on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading
A week ago, the Pick of the Day was a striking 1949 Mercury old-school custom done in the “lead-sled” style. Mercurys from that era were ultra popular for customizing, especially when actor James Dean was seen driving a chopped Merc in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause.
So finding an all-original 1950 Mercury Deluxe coupe in apparently pristine condition, such as today’s Pick, is certainly a rare treat, especially one that’s advertised with a reasonable price tag. Continue reading
The 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August spotlighted a special class of some of the most emblematic of classic street rods, brawny Mercury “lead sleds” of the late’40s and early ’50s, so-called because of the customizers’ lavish use of lead filler to smooth and sculpt the luscious bodies. Nosed, decked, channeled, shaved, lowered, chopped, frenched and customized in the most baroque of fashions, these Mercurys defined the car culture of their day.
The Pick of the Day is a 1949 Mercury custom coupe done in the lead-sled style, a former show car built in the 1960s or ’70s, according to the North Royalton, Ohio, classic car dealer who has the car listed for sale on ClassicCars.com. The coupe is apparently in decent original condition, although the seller notes that it could use some freshening. Continue reading
With Chevrolet and Pontiac dominating the stock car racing tracks and with Chrysler about to equip a youngster named Richard Petty with a Hemi-powered Plymouth, Ford and Mercury needed a way to become more competitive in the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” circuit.
During the 1963 model year, Ford stretched a fastback roofline over its full-size Galaxie and Mercury’s Monterey coupes. The Ford was sold as the Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop and the Mercury as the Marauder. Continue reading
The 60th anniversary of the fatal crash of Hollywood icon James Dean was September 30, which passed without all that much hoopla. Although Dean was killed in his Porsche 550 roadster, there is another classic car that remains strongly associated with the film star: The custom 1949 Mercury coupe he drove in Rebel Without a Cause.
The Pick of the Day is a 1950 Mercury two-door coupe, essentially the same as the 1949 model, and highly unusual in that it remains in all-original condition, the seller says, rather than being turned into a chopped and channeled “lead sled.” Continue reading
You gotta love sleepers. This 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente hardtop might not technically be called a sleeper since it is a high-performance version of the midsize Mercury of the era, but this one has been upgraded with a 347 cid “stroker” V8 that should startle stoplight challengers.