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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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This 1951 Mercury sport sedan was one of my favorites at last Monday’s Labor Day Car Show in Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park. This year was the final one for the “James Dean” styled Mercs, so-called (by me) because of the ’49 he drove in Rebel Without A Cause. These 1951s were really pared down modelwise, with pretty much one line plus the two Monterey coupes, which came either vinyl-topped or canvas-topped (Mercury wouldn’t introduce a two-door hardtop until the 1952 model). It was also Mercury’s last hurrah for suicide doors, which wouldn’t appear again on an American car until the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham and the 1961 Lincoln Continental. Love the wheel covers on this Merc; and these ’49-’51 models all looked great with fender skirts!

 

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know