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YAK Car Pic of the Day

'54 Meteor, Wasaga Beach, Ontario

…(in a photo almost as grainy as the beach itself), from the sands of Wasaga Beach, Ontario in the summer of 1956 — a base 1954 Meteor sedan. (My sister Pat and I were in the foreground of this photo, but I didn’t think you needed to see that!) The Meteor was a Canadian variant of the Ford, which was sold at Mercury dealers north of the border; there was also a Monarch, which was a Mercury variant sold at Ford dealers. A great source for info on these cars is the 1993 paperback titled Monarch Meteor, by R. Perry Zavitz.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • 104josephcoppola

    Gerat memories, eh?

  • Max Planck

    Thanks for sharing the shot and the Zavitz reference, Jim. There’s something particularly significant about the ’54 Meteor. As you know, Ford discontinued its legendary Flathead V-8 and replaced it with a overhead V-8 for the ’54 model year. The exception was the Canadian Fords; due to production issues involving their Oakville plant, the ’54 models were all Flatheads. I ran into one at a car show a few years and learned all about it when I asked the owner why he’d changed engines! The story is also covered at