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'66 Mercury Monterey Breezeway, Wheatfield, N.Y.

Whenever I see one of these I wonder why the idea of an opening rear window never caught on. This 1966 Mercury Monterey Breezeway four-door sedan (as photographed in Wheatfield) has just such a thing — it goes about three-quarters of the way down to provide “draft-free ventilation” as Mercury described it in their 1964 brochure (the Breezeway was introduced for model year 1963). It just wasn’t catching on though. By 1967 the reverse slant of the C-pillar had disappeared and the roof had a more conventional look to it; Breezeway was no longer a model designation but an optional feature. Meanwhile the window still went down, but was deeply recessed and only traveled about two inches. The Breezeway would be gone after the 1968 model year. (Continentals also featured the rear-slanted lowering window from 1958-1960).

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know