Category Archives: Mercury

Post literate potpourri

NatLampCo car but certainly  NOT the "Family Truckster"

NatLampCo Vacation car but certainly NOT the “Family Truckster”

Based in Southern California as we are, we are sometimes overwhelmed, rendered fahrklempt, if you will, by the spectrum of feral finds accrued within the space of one day.  As an experiment in feral foraging, we collected some examples stalked within the last 24 hours.  No big narrative thread this time, just 7 unrelated — OK two are Italian and red — vehicles seen during a one-day period within the confines of a 5 square mile area.  Ain’t life grand?

Ford Econoline pressed into hipster servitude

Ford Econoline pressed into hipster servitude

Alfa Duetto makes the retail scene

Alfa Duetto makes the retail scene

Corolla FX: feral freeway flyer

Corolla FX: feral freeway flyer

Tempo topper

Topaz – costume jewelry from Mercury

El Camino sentenced to hard labor

El Camino sentenced to hard labor

Topless MBZ "Pagoda" motors on

Topless MBZ “Pagoda” motors on

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Cattle call: Maverick rode the Ford range when Falcon flew the coop

Feed lot Ford

Feed lot Ford

There are scads of surviving Mustangs choking our roads and filling Social Security Administration parking lots to this very day but Mavericks are few and far between.  Introduced as the successor to the Falcon, these fast back-ish tudor sedans were Ford’s riposte to Plymouth’s Duster and Chevy’s Vega.  Underneath that sleek, swoopy exterior were the guts of the predecessor Falcon on which, of course, Mustang was also based.  On the same platform, Ford built equine and bovine, not to mention peregine-themed products.  Quite a feat of bio-engineering!  Maverick showed up in 1969 and the Falcon nameplate was dispatched to the recycling bin of automotive history though it continues, uninterrupted, to this day in Australia for some reason.

Chia pet coupe

Chia pet coupe

We just love the patina on this ’71 Maverick, finished in multiple hues of moss-over-lichen and the fact that, after 43 years, it appears to be totally unmolested.

Horny Ford

Horny Ford

Maverick continued for 7 years and sold vast numbers though they’re not often seen these days. Bigger bumpers were mandated by mid-decade as evidenced by the massive energy absorbing appurtenances on this ’74 in a chalky shade of blue.  Photos by Feral Cars Scout Andrew Keeler.

Bumper thumper

Bumper thumper

Latter day 'rick

Latter day ‘rick

It must be noted that Falcon’s Mercury-branded sister-under-the-skin Comet continued as a badge-engineered version of the Maverick that was fitted with a bit of a protruding proboscis and some additional chrome accents.  Feral Cars Scout Steve Sultan captured this one just a few days ago, classing up a Berkeley street.

 

Visitor from the cosmos

We certainly don’t intend to give short shrift to the Maverick and Maverick-based Comet’s predecessors so here you go with a set of original Ford-built compact cars.  Feast your eyes on this 1961 Comet in black and a classy teal blue 1961 Falcon.  Roots, mon!

Mercury's slant on compact cars

Mercury’s slant on compact cars

There's a pony under those feathers

There’s a pony under those feathers

Check out this compilation of Maverick and Comet commercials.  The cougar kitten is a warm and fuzzy touch, no? The purchase price of $1,995 cited here equates to $12,200 today.  Still a deal!  Speaking of deals, check out this must-have Mav: a 48,000 mile cream puff in black for under $5K! 

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DRIVEN was a wild ride

FeralCars is delighted to have played a role in last week’s DRIVEN installation at Palm Springs’ Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, attended by scores of cognoscenti in town to celebrate Modernism Week.

Art parked

Art parked

“Bob,” a swanky orange Mercury Bobcat begged the question, “Would a Pinto, by any other name, would still explode on impact?” Bob, along with an anonymous though glamorous, in a 1984 K-car kind of way, Chrysler LeBaron convertible greeted guests at the event celebrating the ‘car noir’ art of Eric Nash, hosted by ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons.

DRIVEN co-conspirators: Matthew Reader, Bob Merlis, Billy F Gibbons, Eric Nash

DRIVEN co-conspirators: Matthew Reader, Bob Merlis, Billy F Gibbons, Eric Nash

Matthew Reader, a/k/a “Mr. Palm Springs Modern,” curated the collection of cars deployed in the area that included a “Smokey and The Bandit” style Pontiac Trans Am, complete with “screaming chicken” hood treatment, an Oldsmobile 98 the length of three Smart cars, a Lincoln Continental Mark IV plus a “plain Jane” Ford station wagon that is the subject of one of Eric’s pieces.   His set design sense was spot on with matches strewn around the Bobcat along with a gasoline can, a vintage lunchbox exhibition in the “wayback” of the Ford wagon and a literal “trunk show” of women’s shoes in very large sizes next to the Olds.

"Atlanta to Texarkana and back in twenty eight hours? That ain't never been done before." "That's cause we ain't never done it."

“Atlanta to Texarkana and back in twenty eight hours? That ain’t never been done before.” “That’s cause we ain’t never done it.

Kickin' it Oldschool

Kickin’ it Oldschool, curbside

After sundown, Feralcars presented a breathtaking slideshow in which 190 images were projected on an outside wall of the gallery.  We’re told that some of these could be seen from the International Space Station but this has not been confirmed.

Pura Vida powered non-Pinto

Pura Vida powered non-Pinto

Let’s take stock: great art, legendary rock ‘n’ roll star host, curated cars, Feralcars slideshow. And, oh yeah, our friends at Pura Vida Tequila were kind enough to send along Sara Abbas who most artfully and responsibly poured the finest agave-based cocktails we’ve ever enjoyed at an art installation.

Portrait of the artist with a portrait of a feral Ford wagon

Portrait of the artist with a portrait of a feral Ford wagon

Life imitates art

Life imitates art

When she pours she reigns

When Sara pours she reigns

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DRIVEN: hosted by Billy F Gibbons + feralcars.com, 2/19 in Palm Springs

Art + Cars = feral fun!

Art + Cars = feral fun!

We’re excited to be involved with DRIVEN, an event that features the drawings of Eric Nash and some of his automotive subject matter in the flesh.  If you find yourself anywhere near Palm Springs on February 19th please come on by.  Eric’s art is nothing short of brilliant and we intend to populate the curb with some freaky feral finds.

Host for the event is ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons who knows a thing or two about cool cars.   Here he is with a fine ’66 Mercury.

Clearly, Billy is crazy 'bout a Mercury

Clearly, Billy is crazy ’bout a Mercury

Click here for an interview with Eric Nash by Angela Romeo.  The guy is a talent!

Billy Gibbons spoke to Autoline about some the cars in his collection.  Good stuff.

And here’s “that Gibbons boy” enlisting the help of Manny, Moe & Jack to help with an “out of round” tire.

Jeepers! ZZ Topper seems to have a case of the Willys

Jeepers! ZZ Topper seems to have a case of the Willys

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Still crazy ’bout a Mercury after all these years

Hail the Comet!

Hail the Comet!

Since 1962, when DeSoto bit the dust, it’s been difficult for any of the three major US automakers to justify the existence of brands between top-of-the-line offerings (Cadillac, Lincoln) and “value” oriented marques (Chevrolet, Ford).  GM dumped Oldsmobile and, more recently, Pontiac while Ford bid Mercury adieu two years ago; its earlier Edsel experiment was short lived (’58 – ’60 model years) — a car built to fill a market void that wasn’t there.

Mercury held on the longest, making its debut in 1938 and ceasing production with the last Grand Marquis (good movie title!) built in early 2011.  There were 21 million sold over that span and one of the post-war era’s most significant Mercs was the Comet, an upscale compact car, based on the Ford’s Falcon but with more girth and design presence.  We found a spiffy ’62 Comet S-22 (the bucket seat model) recently that’s a really nice “as is” example.

If a meteor is smaller than a comet in space why is a Meteor larger than a Comet on the street?

If a meteor is smaller than a comet in space why is a Meteor larger than a Comet on the street?

The Comet was so successful (accounting for half of Mercury Division’s volume) a larger car, Meteor (along with Ford’s mid-size Fairlane), based on Falcon/Comet’s underpinnings, was introduced in ’62.  The bucket seat version was called S-33 and we found a sterling example, paint notwithstanding, a ’63, to share.  Mercury’s biggest car, Monterey, also offered a bucket seat version called S-55.  S-44 must be chopped liver because they never used that designation.

 

We get it: Ford had a surplus of red and white paint.

We get it: Ford had a surplus of red and white paint.

In light of Comet’s Ford Falcon DNA, we couldn’t resist throwing one in here, especially since it wears the same color scheme as the Comet S-22.  It’s a ’63 Falcon Futura (once more, the bucket seat model).

The Ed Sullivan Show was sponsored by Mercury and Ed, himself, was the brand’s pitchman in this ’56 spot.

While Mercury was usually paired at dealers with the upscale Lincoln brand, there was just one Mercury-only dealer in the country.  Video here, shot in Canonsburg, PA

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