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1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser
368 cid, V-8, 290 bhp

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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. Highlights:
  • 2 Door Hardtop Coupe
  • Seat-O-Matic 49 way adjustable front seats
  • Pushbutton Merc-O-Matic transmission
  • Production: 7,291, Price new: $3,758
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