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YAK Car Pic of the Day


A couple of springs ago, down at the CTC Auto Ranch near Ft. Worth, Texas, we came across this 1957 Mercury Montclair Phaeton Sedan, which we all know is really a four-door hardtop. In typical 1950s fashion it is lavishly two-toned in a combo called — get ready for this — Flo-Toned Sunset Orchid and Classic White. Flo-Tone referred to the color break: the roof, the bottom half of the sides, and the inside of the rear-quarter scalloped area were one color, while the rest of the car was painted a contrasting color. The pictured car, although you can’t see it from here, was equipped with the new-for-1957 quad headlamps; you can see a bit of the headlight pod extension on the forward-most edge of the front fender. Seeing that the quad setup wasn’t legal yet in all 48 states, some cars still had the larger, dual headlamps.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow