Hoonverse Wagon Wednesday: The Fond Mercury Memory Edition

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Hoonverse Wagon Wednesday: The Fond Mercury Memory Edition


As always, the esteemed Mr. Brennan has wowed all of we normal Hoons with his Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday Extravaganza this wonderful HoonHumpDay.
Well, as this olelongrooffan mentioned in my virgin post here in the Hooniverse, my posts tend to be more experience based and my fellow Hoons should be happy about this as the one time I tried to do a humourous ebay post, it fell quite flat and this olelongrooffan won’t make that same mistake again.
A bit more about the above imaged longroof just after the jump should my fellow Hoons care to make that jump with me.


So this post is about a longroof I spotted out at Clive Cussler’s Auto Museum shortly after my arrival here in the Mile High City. I did a post about the 50’s gallery of fine automobiles he has out there but decided to keep a couple in reserve just for moments like this and just to taunt my fellow Hoons. Just cuz I can.

Anyway, along with all those Continental kit wearing convertibles, this ole Merc longroof was resting comfortably up against the rear overhead doors behind those velvet ropes this olelongrooffan hates. However, not every one is as careful around show cars as I am, notwithstanding the comments on this post.

Of course, I found this longroof to be one of the more desirable vehicles in that collection although the surfboard on the roof rack thing has never really done it for me. As I have previously mentioned, period correct luggage and maybe a few vintage childrens toys or games in the back back would be much more desirable to this olelongrooffan.
Now, museum sightings of old Mercury longroofs are not the only times I seem to find these prized possessions.

I usually spot one or two each year during either the Turkey Rod Run or the Daytona Dream Cruise there in the greater Daytona Beach area.

I spotted the one pictured above, as the tackily dated image shows, at Belair Plaza during the 2008 Turkey Run.

However, the one this olelongrooffan really wishes I could have seen in the first person is the one in the above image. Those two dudes are my oldest brothers pictured with TheGentlemanFarmer’s, my Dad, ’55ish Mercury woody back in the day. Those brothers of mine are now in their early 60’s and seeing that longroof at The Cussler Museum and triggering this memory sure helps me Celebrate Life.
I hope my fellow Hoons are able, as this olelongrooffan is, to find memories like this every day of your life!

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  1. tonyola August 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Dad had a black '57 Mercury Colony Park wagon complete with fake wood and three seats. It's the first car of his that I can remember. My biggest memory is a family road trip to a campground in sweltering summer Missouri. I was crammed in the back seat between my two older brothers (the littlest kid never gets the window seat) and the three of us were all shirtless in the non-A/C car. The rear was full of camping gear as well as a hot, panting Airedale who was drooling on my bare shoulders during the entire trip.
    1956 Mercuries are cool in my book and this is a very nice wagon. The only thing "wrong" with it is that from the A-pillars back, the wagon shared the body and sheetmetal with the concurrent Fords so it's a little less special than the non-wagon models. Notice how Mercury adapted their taillight design to fit in the Ford rear fenders. I'd still rather have the Merc, though. As for the surfboard, this one-time Cocoa Beach surf bum kid finds absolutely nothing wrong with it, except that it's much too short for 1956. Longboards at least 9 feet in length were the fashion then. The wagon in the old black and white picture looks like a '53 model, not a '55.
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  2. buzzboy7 August 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    You get automatic kook status having the board on the car Deck Up Fins Back. Surfboards go on cars Bottom Up Fins Forward.

    • BlackIce_GTS August 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      My inexperienced assumption was that the preferred configuration is Bottom Up Fins Rearward.
      Of course, just having a surfboard around here qualifies you for kook status, because the ocean is f****** cold.

      • buzzboy7 August 4, 2011 at 5:11 am - Reply

        For aerodynamics and if your straps loosen up the and things start to move backwards the fin "should" catch on the straps.

  3. muthalovin August 4, 2011 at 6:01 am - Reply

    I really need to check out Clive's auto museum. Seems like a lot of very cool stuff is housed there.

  4. topdeadcentre August 4, 2011 at 6:49 am - Reply

    The combination of that blue color and the cartoony lightning bolt is just fantastic. Definitely not your average cruise-night fare…

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