Road Trip Outtakes: Somewhere in Utah

My NYC-based brother recently took his family west for spring break. I received a steady stream of emails as they travelled through California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada; visiting Yosemite, Sequoia, Death Valley, Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks, as well as seeing the dinosaur footprints on a Navajo reservation, a spaceport and an aircraft graveyard in the Mojave Desert, and plenty else.

Including these.

At first glance I thought it was an early 70’s Toronado; but those curvy hips confirm it as a 1970 Mercury Marquis hardtop coupe. From the lack of fender-top trim, this is probably the lower grade non-Brougham. Amazingly, we have not covered this model from this year here on CC; the closest I could find is Paul’s piece on a 1970 Marauder – the other Merc two-door fullsizer with the hidden headlights.

Sitting next to it is another product of the Fomoco; a 1959 Edsel Ranger. Being a pillared sedan makes it the base model and also the most numerous with a whopping 12,814 made – the only variant to reach five figure production during that model year. Jason Shafer covered this exact model for us, albeit in two-tone.

Moving up the MEL ladder is a Lincoln MkIV. Unfortunately it’s not a 72 with its more delicate front bumper and evocative JP Cavanaugh story. Even still, a nicer shape than the MkIII, though I daresay there will be many of you who disagree.

And behind, we move back down to the base marque – a 1968 Ford intermediate wagon. Being a longroof, my favourite so far.

This is one of those fast-disappearing automotive wonders that sit in hope and repose; the cars still presentable if not in action anymore. Deteriorating yes, but thankfully not (yet) crushed.

And this collector has great taste.

There are at least four cars here I’d pick first, but first of the first has to be that 68 Buick LeSabre. Not quite a Wildcat or Electra but who cares?

Top row: 70 Riv. Bottom row: Ford truck. Again, the first amongst riches.

Shout out to Will and Tom, doing it Brooklyn-style right now.