Photos courtesy of Andrew Tewes.
(Update: This model was wrongly identified when this post was first published. The text has been updated).
A good number of my hipster students have a veneration for the ’60s. The cool sixties that is; admiring all the ‘youth culture’ tropes associated with the decade. And while youth culture was really a thing, we know the decade still belonged to the grown-ups. Or the ‘squares.’ After all, that’s the period of my parents’ early adulthood; both certified bonafide ‘squares.’ You want some fun? Play some Mantovani or Herb Alpert on the turntable. Excitement? A visit to Sears will provide a good jolt.
Naturally, many products of the period were aimed at those ‘squares.’ But even ‘squares’ have to let their hair down from time to time, and add a bit of panache to their lives. And for such an occasion, a Mercury Park Lane convertible could do the job, fittingly belonging to Ford’s square-styling period.
I really don’t mean the ‘square’ term as a snub. After all, no classmate of mine would ever refer to me as cool. I’m such a ‘square’ church ladies approach me and feel safe next to me. Really. But even ‘squares’ find moments to add a bit of pizzazz, relax a bit, and even buy a Hawaiian shirt. Maybe learn a few steps of salsa or tango. I certainly have done such things, although I admit my dancing could improve.
As told in a previous similar vintage Mercury at CC, this generation was part of Ford’s square-styling period. But while many Ford products had a rather plain look, the detailing on these Mercurys had a more substantial presence. It’s clear the line was applying Lincoln cues in its language, and the result is a certain degree of suaveness, particularly with the top down.
This is one of 2,546 Park Lane convertibles built in 1966 and was found near Brisbane, in Queensland. And while I’m no Mercury fan, I think this Park Lane is actually pretty cool in this presentation. Not too bad, for a ‘square.’