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Mercury Retrospective
Starting in 1939 when it was introduced by the Ford Motor Company, Mercury was positioned between Ford and Lincoln in the Ford brand hierarchy, designed to compete against GM's Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac brands. Over the years Mercury offered up some distinctive cars and in the sixties it introduced the first luxury Pony Car, the Mercury Cougar, which was a spin off of Ford's wildly successful Ford Mustang. Over the last decade Mercury offered few unique products and now it joins Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, and Rambler in the graveyard of American automotive brands. Over the last five years I haven't shot too many Mercury magazine features but here's nine publication-worth Mercury cars from my archives. Mercury the automotive world is now poorer for your passing. All images copyright 2010 by Richard Truesdell and automotivetraveler.com, all rights reserved. If you have a request for commercial use of these images, contact the photographer through Fotki. For more photos from the Automotive Traveler image gallery visit http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ To view automotivetraveler.com, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2196 And to view Automotive Traveler magazine, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2197

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1975 Hurst Oldsmobile
George Hurst and Hurst Performance was responsible for some of the best known muscle cars as well as drag cars like the Hurst Hemi Under Glass Barracuda. While the 1969 Hurst Oldsmobile is considered as one of the muscle car era's high water marks, Hurst continued to build many limited production performance cars. By 1975 when this Oldsmobile Cutlass received the Hurst touch, the emphasis was more on refined performance than 0-60 times, it remained on top of the muscle car pyramid. This 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass is a true Hurst Olds and except for a 1990 repaint, is all original, still owned by its original owner. Check out the swivel bucket seats, the console mounted tach, and the reversible front seat cushions. All images copyright 2010 by Richard Truesdell and automotivetraveler.com, all rights reserved. If you have a request for commercial use of these images, contact the photographer through Fotki. For more photos from the Automotive Traveler image gallery visit http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ To view automotivetraveler.com, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2196 And to view Automotive Traveler magazine, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2197

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1970 Pontiac GTO 455 H.O.
In 1964 John DeLorean, Jim Wangers, and Pontiac invented the iconic American muscle car with the introduction of the first Pontiac LeMans GTO. The Pontiac GTO legend was forged when it was compared to the Ferrari GTO. Throughout the sixties the Pontiac GTO got more powerful and remained at the top of the muscle car pyramid. This 1970 Pontiac GTO 455 H.O. is a reference restoration by Phil LaChapellE of Ventura, California's Automobile Classics and Musclecars and is faithful right down to the chalk marks on the firewall and the original Goodyear spare tire residing in the trunk. All images copyright 2010 by Richard Truesdell and automotivetraveler.com, all rights reserved. If you have a request for commercial use of these images, contact the photographer through Fotki. For more photos from the Automotive Traveler image gallery visit http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ To view automotivetraveler.com, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2196 And to view Automotive Traveler magazine, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2197

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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 C
Although Mercedes-Benz didn't offer a factory-built 300 C station wagon for 1956, that didn't stop one enthusiast owner from asking Mercedes-Benz to build one for her. This Mercedes-Benz-based 300 C station wagon was custom built to her specifications and was one of the Top 10 sales at the 2010 Gooding and Company Amelia Island Auction. Combining timeless Mercedes-Benz styling with the practicality of a traditional rear-wheel-drive American station wagon, this Mercedes-Benz 300 C truly represents the best of all worlds, classic looks, luxury, and unprecedented practicality. Check out the photo of the Blaupunkt Mexico AM/FM radio. All images copyright 2010 by Richard Truesdell and automotivetraveler.com, all rights reserved. If you have a request for commercial use of these images, contact the photographer through Fotki. For more photos from the Automotive Traveler image gallery visit http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ To view automotivetraveler.com, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2196 And to view Automotive Traveler magazine, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2197

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1959 Ford Fairline 500 Skyliner Retractable Hardtop
While Ford didn't invent the world's first hardtop convertible, the Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner was the first mass hardtop convertible offered in a mainstream car line. Ford offered the innovative Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractable hardtop for three model years, 1957, 1958, and 1959. In 1959, after the introduction of the Ford Galaxie 500, the Skyliner migrated from the Fairlane line to the Galaxie 500 model. The Galaxie 500 Skyliner retractable hardtop was discontinued after the end of the 1959 model year -- it was rumored that Ford lost money on each one sold -- and it took almost 30 years before this better idea returned in the form of the Mercedes-Benz 230SLK. All images copyright 2010 by Richard Truesdell and automotivetraveler.com, all rights reserved. If you have a request for commercial use of these images, contact the photographer through Fotki. For more photos from the Automotive Traveler image gallery visit http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ To view automotivetraveler.com, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2196 And to view Automotive Traveler magazine, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2197

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1969 Modern Muscle Ford Mustang
In April 1964 Ford introduced the Mustang to the world, debuting at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The Ford Mustang was an immediate hit and spawned countless other Pony Cars such as Plymouth's Barracuda, the Chevy Camaro, the Mercury Cougar, the Pontiac Firebird, the the AMC Javelin as well as the Shelby-built GT350 and GT500. This custom built Ford Mustang started out with the body of the 1969 and 1970 Sportsroof body style but was extensively modified with a modern Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 drivetrain. Check out the current Mustang dash installed seamlessly into the interior along with the DOHC V8 installed under the hood. This is truly a one-of-a-kind mustang that mates classic looks with a contemporary Shelby GT500 drivetrain. All images copyright 2010 by Richard Truesdell and automotivetraveler.com, all rights reserved. If you have a request for commercial use of these images, contact the photographer through Fotki.For more photos from the Automotive Traveler image gallery visit http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ To view automotivetraveler.com, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2196 And to view Automotive Traveler magazine, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2197

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1934 Dodge 440 Street Rod
(Jun 8, 2010)
Here's the 411 on this unique Dodge-powered hot rod. Richard LaRosa owns this 1934 Dodge street rod powered by a big-block 440 wedge. After meeting at a local Buffalo Wild Wings in Murrieta, California we headed over to Old Town Murrieta where the setting sun gave us the right illumination to give the shots of the 1934 Dodge hot rod just the right effect. Old Town Murrieta sits on the original alignment of U.S. 395 which once ran all the way to San Diego but now terminates in Hesperia where it has been mostly replaced by Interstate 15. All images copyright 2010 by Richard Truesdell and automotivetraveler.com, all rights reserved. If you have a request for commercial use of these images, contact the photographer through Fotki. For more photos from the Automotive Traveler image gallery visit http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ To view automotivetraveler.com, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2196 And to view Automotive Traveler magazine, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2197

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1966 Ford Bronco
Ford was on a roll in the mid-Sixties, fresh from the April 1964 launch of the Mustang and winning the 1965 Indy 500 with Jimmy Clark's Ford-powered, rear-engined Lotus. And while there were factory 4X4 Ford pickups, Ford was a non-player in the emerging four-wheel-drive recreational-vehicle market, dominated at the time by Jeep's CJ5. This venerable vehicle was a direct descendant of both the original flat-fendered Willys Jeep that was such an important part of the Allies victory in World War II and the International Harvester Scout. Enter the Bronco, the brainchild of Ford's Donald N. Frey, who played an integral role in the development of the Mustang. And, as with the Mustang, the Bronco was pushed into production by Lee Iacocca. It rode on a 92-inch wheelbase and was initially powered by a 170-cubic-inch straight-six shared with the Falcon and Mustang (a 289-cubic-inch V8 was optional). All images copyright 2010 by Richard Truesdell and automotivetraveler.com, all rights reserved. If you have a request for commercial use of these images, contact the photographer through Fotki. For more photos from the Automotive Traveler image gallery visit http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ To view automotivetraveler.com, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2196 And to view Automotive Traveler magazine, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2197

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