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.
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.
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.