Mario on Dec 22, 2022 said:
One of the most iconic automotive show cars of the 1950s is the 1956 Mercury XM-100 Turnpike Cruiser, an innovatively styled vehicle created by the Ford Motors design team.
Ford Motor Company called the show car, “an experimental car that anticipates future motoring needs”. "XM" stands for eXperimental Mercury.
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Mario on Dec 22, 2022 said:
The 1956 Mercury XM-100 Turnpike Cruiser features great looking transparent roof panels that can be raised or lowered for the driver as well as the passengers. These are little half gull wing doors that enable you to enter and exit the car more easily.
The restoration of the XM-100 Turnpike Cruiser was completed in 2022 after 4 years and owned by car collector/restorer Tom Maruska from Duluth, MN.
The XM-100 Turnpike Cruiser has been consigned to Mecum Kissimmee, FL Auction. Scheduled to run across the block January 14, 2023, Lot S207.
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azmusclecar on Dec 22, 2022 said:
Odd how one Expo car can be conceived and designed by one person, and other cars, it seems like it's a team effort. I see things I really like and then I see things that I wonder what illegal drugs were available in that time.
I know camera angles will accent some parts while making other parts look rather distasteful.
You remind me these are concepts cars or Expo cars. I thought the Merc Turnpike Cruiser was HOT. As a kid I thought you could only drive these on the TURNPIKE. Hey give me a break, we had the Pennsylvania Turnpike close by and I just made the word association.
This concept for me, is a take it or leave it. I see 50% I like and 50% I don't like.
I flipped a coin trying to make up my mind, and the coin stood on edge (this is a lie or exaggerated truth as some call it.[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on Dec 23, 2022 said:
The actual car that finally came out in 1957 was and is far better looking than this X job. The 1957 1958 and 1959 Mercury's never sold very well but I always thought they were very good looking cars. I can see myself in a 1957-1958 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser because it is nothing but class and style. Another interesting topic Mario and you never seem to run out of ideas. Cheers to you.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Dec 23, 2022 said:
I agree George the XM-100 was the inspiration for the 57 to 59 Mercury Turnpike Cruisers but the final designs were the best.
The 57 and 58's were true Turnpike Cruisers with retractable rear window. The 59 Cruiser was phased out and became part of the Park Lane series.
All 3 years are beautiful and rare to see at car shows since sales were not there. Less than 24,000 total 57 and 58 Turnpike Cruisers were sold, the two most popular years.
The 57 price was high at $3758 and $4103 for HT and Convertible. Compared to the 57 Ford Fairlane 500 at $2381 it was a hard sell. Cheers![Reply to this comment]
Mario on Jan 30, 2023 said:
The XM-100 Turnpike Cruiser was consigned to Mecum Kissimmee, FL Auction. It ran across the block January 14, 2023, Lot S207.
It did not meet it's Reserve price and the highest bid was $350,000. So it is still available for sale at a future date. Mario[Reply to this comment]