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Perhaps best known for its “Breezeway Ventilation”, where air is brought in through roof-level air intakes and flows out through a retractable ear window, the 1957 Mercury
Turnpike Cruiser was offered as a hardtop coupe, hardtop sedan and as a convertible.
The rear window slanted backward, a design that not only allowed the window to remain
open, rain or shine, but became a recognizable design feature in the full-sized Mercury line through the late sixties.
While other Mercurys of 1957 featured the 255 hp, 312 cid V-8 engines, the Turnpike
was equipped with the 290 hp, 368 cid V -8 engine giving further credence to its name
“Turnpike Cruiser.” The Turnpike Cruiser was never a big seller, just 16,861 for 1957
and 6,404 for 1958, and was gone after two short years.
- 2 Door Hardtop Coupe
- Seat-O-Matic 49 way adjustable front seats
- Pushbutton Merc-O-Matic transmission
- Production: 7,291, Price new: $3,758