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N 6 B 2.5K C 11 E Jun 5, 2011 F Sep 27, 2011
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Continuing with my series on decaying, abandoned cars.
This is a 1962 Mercury Comet, a car produced by the Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company from 1960–1969 and 1971-1977 — variously as either a compact or an intermediate car.
The Comet was based on the compact Ford Falcon and later the Ford Maverick. As a Mercury, early Comets received better grade interior trim than its relative, the Ford Falcon, and a slightly longer wheelbase.

Note all those protruding surfaces and edges: the hand brake, the door handle / window crank, the vent pulls and that oversized steering wheel - all sources of serious injury in a crash.

The Comet was originally planned as a Ford Edsel model. It was reassigned to Mercury dealerships after the demise of the Edsel brand.

3-shot handheld HDR; CS3, Photomatix Pro 4.1.

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N 4 B 717 C 12 E Jun 5, 2011 F Sep 26, 2011
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Coming back to my previous series on decaying, abandoned cars.

This is a 1956 Meteor Niagara Sedan, V-8. This is a Canadian Car only sold in Canada (a dressed-up Ford sold by the Mercury Division of Ford Canada.) Note that the speedometer is stuck at approx. 60 MPH.

3-shot, handheld HDR, CS3 and Photomatix Pro 4.1

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N 6 B 1.7K C 19 E Jun 5, 2011 F Aug 18, 2011
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A Ford truck, from the 1970's.
For car enthusiasts, the 1970s could best be described as the "Forgettable Decade." Government-mandated safety, emissions, and fuel-economy standards hit automakers -- including Ford -- with a triple whammy, forcing them to rethink strategies that had served them well in the 1960s. "Performance" became a dirty word, bigger was no longer better, and styling was often sacrificed to safety. As a result, very few cars from the 1970s excited the senses.

Not so, however, in the world of trucks. Because many of the government standards either didn't apply to trucks or weren't as strict, these beasts of burden didn't fall prey to the forces that beleaguered their automotive brethren. This might be one reason trucks gained so much in popularity over the decade.
(excerpt from "Consumer Guide" magazine)

3-shot handheld HDR; PS CS3 and Photomatix Pro 4.1

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N 3 B 2.7K C 16 E Jun 5, 2011 F Aug 14, 2011
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This is a 1960 Pontiac Bonneville, wide- track, 4 dr hardtop. Base price that year was $3,476 US. There was a long list of available options: bucket seats, power steering and brakes, Circ-L-Aire air conditioning, Magi-Cruise speed control, power windows, a removable Sportable AM transistor radio, power front seat, and a Safeguard speedometer with excess speed buzzer and warning lamp. Seat belts were also an option.
The US models only looked the same as the Canadian ones, but mechanically they were a whole lot different. The Canadian Pontiac was built on a Chevy chassis and if you took one to the States they would say that you were driving a Chev.
1960 marked the end of the big car era (this car was almost 20 ft long and 7 ft wide); the era of the compact car was about to begin.

3-shot handheld HDR; f/8; ISO 200

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N 3 B 1.2K C 19 E Jun 5, 2011 F Aug 9, 2011
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"Well if I had money, I tell you what I'd do,
I'd go downtown, buy a Mercury or two,
I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury,
Crazy 'bout a Mercury.
I'm gonna' buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road."
-Alan Jackson.

This is a 1955 Monarch Richelieu, introduced and built for the Canadian market by Ford in 1946. It sold that year for between $1,462.00 and $1,775.00. This was sold in Canada as the Monarch, and in the US, sold as a Mercury. Its hood ornament was a leaping lion. Note the radio cavity, and that massive dashboard. The ignition key is still in place also.

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