A STUDY IN BODY SCULPTING – 1957 MERCURY

ALTERNATIVELY DESCRIBED AS A DREAM CAR AND SOMETHING FROM OUTER SPACE, THIS ORIGINAL CONDITION, 39000 MILE ’57 MERC IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF FIFTIES DESIGN EXTREMES. THE FIRST VIEW OF THE FRONT SHOWS OFF THE MASSIVE CHROME SPLIT BUMPER PODS AND THE TOOTHY GRILLE. ( A GRILL FEATURE YOU STILL RECOGNIZE ON TODAY’S MERC ). ABOVE THE GRILL THE DUAL HEADLIGHTS ARE CROWNED WITH HEAVY “EYEBROWS”. STILL ON A POST-WAR TREND YOU WILL SEE THE GUNSIGHT HOOD ORNAMENT. AS THE VIDEO MOVES INTO THE INTERIOR, NOTICE QUICKLY THE PUSH BUTTON SELECTORS AT THE EXTREME LEFT OF THE DASHBOARD. THE HEAVILY PADDED DASH MIMICS THE OVERALL DESIGN OF THE CAR. SUPPLE UPHOSTERY IN THE CAR INVITES A SENSE OF A COMFORTABLE RIDE. THE CRUX OF THIS EXTERIOR DESIGN CAN BE FOUND AT THE REAR QUARTER PANEL. IT’S A WORK OF ART. SEE HOW THE REAR ROOF LINE STOPS AT THE REAR FENDER WITH VERTICAL LINED CHROME AND LOOK STRAIGHT DOWN FROM THAT TO THE OUTSTANDING GUADY ANODIZED SLANTED FIN SCULPTURE. NOW, CONTINUE STRAIGHT DOWN FROM THAT SCULPTURE TO THE LOWER REAR QUARTER PANEL AND THE FENDER SKIRT. NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL A DESIGN ELEMENT. BUT WAIT, ALL OF THIS LEADS INTO THE REAR FACIA OF THE CAR. SLANTED WEDGE SHAPED TAIL LIGHTS AND A BOISTEROUS REAR BUMPER THAT IMITATES THE FRONT BUMPER. SEE THE FAKE VENT PORTS ALONG THE REAR ROOF LINE. THIS CAR DESIGN EFFECTS PEOPLE DIFFERENT WAYS BUT BACK IN 1957, IT MUST HAVE TURNED SOMEONE ON, BECAUSE THE ’57 MERC WAS CHOSEN TO BE THE PACE CAR AT THE INDY 500 RACE THAT YEAR. THERE


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10 Responses to “A STUDY IN BODY SCULPTING – 1957 MERCURY”

  • 3rdStreetStudio:

    love the old Merc, nice video, fantastic colors on that sweet gem.

  • 55lincoln:

    I do too, and a great original car.

  • monarch1957:

    I have a 57 Monarch the Canadian version of the Montclair.

  • 55lincoln:

    Now thats a rare car! I saw those when in Canada in the sixties. I like those Canadian versions. Thanks for viewing.

  • monarch1957:

    Yes I guess americans saw them in the U>S. back when they were new and wondered what the were. I have a video of it on You tube.

  • premiumsolorider:

    i have a 57 merc monclair with cobra 427 in it did a low 13 down the strip yellow and white

  • 55lincoln:

    No wonder it did a low 13 with a cobra 427 in it. Way to go!

  • premiumsolorider:

    hahaha thx deos that hae stock motor

  • fordude60:

    My brother had a ’57 Mercury 4-door hardtop around 1965, not sure which series. It was green and white. I have always liked these cars. My brother considered it a generally ugly car, but I never agreed with that.

  • 55lincoln:

    Actually, many design cues of this ’57 came from Mercury’s show cars in the mid-fifties. I think it’s a beautiful way to form sheet metal. Thanks for watching.

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