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1958 Mercury Montclair Turnpike Cruiser - $14,600 - Russell, PA - Still available, a year later, same price, July 2021: see new link below:


Rare 1958 Mercury Montclair Turnpike Cruiser 4 door hard top, runs and drives, 383 V8 Turnpike Cruiser engine, push-button automatic transmission, power steering, new power brakes, electric roll down rear window,  dual exhaust, power seat, power windows, good tires,  $14,600

Contact: (814) 7-five-7-8-two-8-seven

Copy and paste in your email:  6cb305a39562360a91e382c50a58e9fc@sale.craigslist.org


I have no personal interest or stake in the eventual sale of this 1958 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser four door hardtop.

Note:  An ultimate in Mid-Century Modern "Dream Car Design" one of the 3,543 four door hardtop Turnpike Cruisers built.  Wild sculpted, chrome-laden styling with wrap around and up over windshield, twin antenna air intakes, retractable rear window, even a rear-mounted, free-standing emblem, myriad power1761962843_58MercuryTurnpikeCruiserPAi.thumb.jpg.5fb673caae2c6d64a24ea072bf14242c.jpg gadgets, these Turnpike Cruisers have it all. 

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  • 58L-Y8 changed the title to 1958 Mercury Montclair Turnpike Cruiser - $14,600 - Russell, PA - Not Mine - Still available, a year later, same price, July 2021:
On 3/4/2021 at 10:31 AM, kingrudy said:

Seems like 1958 was the year of, most chrome and heaviest cars of this era.


For October 1958, Motor Trend had an article in which

they printed readers' reactions to the 1958 cars:

"Why I Didn't Buy a '58 Detroit Car."  Sales had been very

poor in that recession year.  Reactions were quite critical

of the over-decoration, the promised features that never

materialized, the poor gas economy, the requirement

to use premium gas, the long rear overhangs, the extreme

tailfins and the heavy-looking "bulgy body panels."

"Why should a car look like a plane any more than a 

submarine or a steam locomotive?"


The cars weren't heavier per se, but they looked bloated

due to the shape of the sheet metal.


Motor Trend wrote, "We think that Detroit could gain much

from a close, and continuing, study of the reasons given here."


Comments such as those were heeded.  Lincoln detuned 

their engine the very next year, and even more the year after.

GM and Ford Motor cars for 1961 had much cleaner styling

and were a bit smaller. 


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Detroit, lead by Harley Earl and GM Styling, had to test the limits of the postwar optimism with the extravagant design ethic that denoted luxury, i.e. heavy surface sculpting and chrome trim.  Jet aircraft/rocket themes were the current fascination, a way to impart the look of speed and modernity to the latest models.  With over 50 percent of new car sales, GM lead and dominated industry design, everyone else fell in line.   It truly was "the pleasant insanity of innocent excess" except that the general public had a hard time embracing the most extreme examples such as this Turnpike Cruiser.  With the 'changing of the guard' upon Earl's retirement at the end of 1958 and Bill Mitchell's outlook toward clean, tailored styling, the GM cars moved beyond the old Earl ethic.  Credit Virgil Exner and his 1957 'Forward Look" for a shot across the bow that broke the Earl/GM dominance.  Then the 1961 Lincoln Continental was a breath of fresh air after the stale miasma of '50's excess.

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