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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1948 Mercury Deluxe Eight Convertible Proof that the car market is overloaded with excess brands and a confusing of miasma models, the Ford Motor Company has terminated Mercurys long run. Production ended in 2010. Approximately 1,700 dealers that were offering the brand moved on to other endeavors such as Lincoln sales. So, we say farewell to the car named after the messenger to the gods. With wings clipped, the messenger to the Gods is no longer producing new cars, however there are many stunning examples including our consignment of this 1948 Mercury Deluxe Eight. Gorgeous rounded design, and just the right amount of chrome this example has been beautifully restored by the Motorcar Company out of Staunton, Virginia. This car in my mind is all just lovely, and makes me want to go back to 1948, listen to big band music, watch extravagant movie musicals, and steam locomotives. Put the top down and Ill drive...backwards! Exterior This distinctive convertible is a mixture of black painted straight steel, and multidirectional bands of chrome adornment. Just the front grille and bumper entertain us visually with no less than 6 layers which come together to create a fantastic show for the eyes. With its large bulbous hood topped with a chromed shaver style hood ornament, to the rounded fenders which are getting smaller and smaller each year, until they will finally become one with the body. But for now, we get to enjoy belt line chrome trim, chromed rockers, and the dual trim spears that wrap the fenders front and rear. We bring up the rear with a curved trunk wrap around horizontal rectangular taillights which become one with the trunk trim which wraps the lid. A very nice convertible top, that is power actuated, in tan canvas with brown piping trim tops off this mythical car. Wide whites wrap chrome dog dish style wheel covers on all 4 corners. Interior The designers of the day spared no expense when it comes to more tactile layers for just the door panels. Painted steel, red vinyl with a woven band of lanyard material, and a bottom of tan carpet, offer up a background for the cream bakelite and chrome knobs and levers. Slipping inside two tone red vinyl frames light tan inserts on the front split bench and rear bench. Tan carpet covers the floors and has a few stains but is mostly nicely preserved. A wonderful faux wood grained metal dash with a center dual circle instrument panel and radio speaker grid, reminds me a little of the steering mechanism on Buck Rogers spaceship. The original steering wheel fronts this art deco design dash and is make from bakelite and has a nice round chromed horn in the center. Some black rubber flooring is backing up the tan carpet and protects the floors for the front passengers. A heater box can be seen hanging below the dash. Drivetrain A 239ci Flathead V8 with a nicely preserved patina finish is very clean and sits within a clean engine bay. There is a single 2-barrel carburetor on top, and a 3-speed manual column shifted transmission gently takes power rearward to a 3.78 geared axle. Just awe inspiring. Undercarriage Overall very nice with solid steel framing, and floorpans with virtually no rust in sight. The big X frame holds everything in place including the upper masses of steel. It is a sound solid car. Transverse leaf springs front and rear provide the ride for this halcyon. Drive-Ability Myself and my sidekick test driver both tried this car out, and we found it a very smooth driver, which for its size handled well, and rode beautifully. The clutch took some leg muscle to depress, but the transmission shifted smoothly. 3rd gear goes on forever. The radio was inoperable but has these snazzy chromed bars that can flip from preset station to station. Overall a great smooth driver with a comfortable interior, we went around feeling like a million bucks. This extraordinary, beautifully restored nugget of steel panels and chrome trim from another era has me smitten. It truly was a Herculean effort put in to bring it back to nearly showroom condition. Take a gander at this car and you will receive a panacea for any frown you may have, and a tantalization to possibly start listening to Glenn Miller hits. A chariot for the gods.
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