The 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser was a fresh new model for the Mercury stable and was designed to be the top of the line. The Turnpike Cruiser was advertised by Mercury as a “beautifully sculptured… distinctively detailed… with clean line modern styling.”
Mercury designers really out did themselves with the Turnpike Cruiser, it comes with a very stylish exterior that is loaded with chrome and trims, and other features that are not found in other Mercury models. One of its notable features are the “Twin Jet” fresh air intakes mounted on top of the windshield that provides a refreshing breeze into the passenger cabin. You can feel the fresh country air like it was an open top convertible.
Another interesting feature is the “seat-o-matic” power seats that automatically adjusts to a preset. It also has a computer that calculates the average speed based on the time and miles traveled. These features were very interesting back in 1957. Mercury entered the 1957 Indianapolis 500 which furthered their success at that time.
This featured Turnpike Cruiser is in great condition and only had a few owners. It was part of a huge collection for more than 10 years and received intensive care. It was rarely used and was stored in a controlled environment. Throughout its lifetime, it has received proper care and the original Mercury 368 cid V8 engine still runs smoothly and is rated at 290 horsepower. The 368 is connected to an automatic transmission that was standard for the Turnpike. Only a handful of cars at that time could match the cruising experience the Turnpike Cruiser provided.
The body is most original and only received some minor repairs and a new paint job. Some new additions include fender skirts and dual exhaust system. New wide whitewall tires were also installed. The interior is also very original and present in a very clean and solid condition, it has been restored to factory spec and looks stunning. The two-tone seats and carpet look like brand new.
This 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser features power steering, power windows, power brakes, and the Breezeway rear window which are all factory spec. It also has a padded, a shock-absorbing deep dish steering wheel, and white seat belts for added safety which were still not standard at that time. From the exterior to the engine bay and interior, everything looks great and period correct. It is an excellent example of a top of the line cruiser that still drives like new.
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