Mercury Bites the Dust

Mercury Bites the Dust

 

By Elton Camp

 

            Yet another familiar model of American car soon will be no more.  Farewell, Mercury, I knew you only from a distance, but admired you. 

 

            The 1949 model was the first Mercury that I recall.  As a ten-year-old, I spied it in our neighbor’s yard.  One of his children had got a high-paying job in Indiana and was home on vacation.  The coupe was the version that sold so well that year.  By today’s standards, it was a behemoth—rounded lines and small windows that especially restricted rear vision.  But it was outside the “low-priced three, Ford, Chevrolet, and Plymouth.  As such, it endowed its owner with major bragging rights.  My family had little hope of coming to possess such a magnificent vehicle had had to be content with a plain-Jane ’49 Ford sedan.

 

            As I entered teenage years and become temporarily obsessed with cars, the 1956 Mercury Montclair caught my attention.  In my eyes, it was breathtakingly beautiful, especially the two-door “hardtop” with its panoramic windshield.  One of my adult cousins owned one so I got to admire it up close each time we visited.  I was so disappointed that she never invited me to sit inside despite my none-too-subtle hints.  By today’s standards, the car is garish, dripping with chrome like cheap jewelry piled on a prostitute.  It was unreliable and got incredibly low gas mileage, but none of that mattered.  Hey, it was a Mercury! 

 

            That the brand would ultimately fail was probably inevitable.  As a Ford with another name, it became increasingly irrelevant.  The two brands hurt each other with the sibling rivalry.  In today’s economic climate, one of them had to go so it was only logical that Mercury should get the axe. 

 

            Still, I feel a strange sadness at its demise.  It joins Plymouth, DeSoto, Saturn, Rambler, Hudson, Frazier, Kaiser, Henry J, Pontiac, and even the venerable Oldsmobile in the scrap heap of automotive history.  You will be missed, old girl. 

 

 

 


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