I’ve had this 1964 Mercury Park Lane convertible a few years now. It’s a really solid, almost-totally-rust-free car. It has a unique 25th anniversary emblem on the steering wheel commemorating Mercury’s 25th year of producing cars. The Park Lane (and lower trim level Monterey) shares a lot of body parts, interior design, and mechanical parts with the 1964 Ford Galaxie convertible, and the interior also looks a bit like the interior of an early 1960s Thunderbird.
Built on January 10, 1964, this triple-white Park Lane convertible spent most of its life in Gillette, Wyoming. The seller said it appeared in a low budget movie, but I have not been able to find anything out about that.
I bought it in December 2005 from a dealer in North Dakota and had it delivered here to Virginia. The car has a 390 cubic inch engine with a four barrel carburetor and a floor shift automatic transmission.
I’ve been accumulating parts to restore it and gradually smoothing out the dings in the body.
Before I started removing trim to do the body work, we used it for occasional pleasure rides with the top down in warm weather.
I love the long lines of this car, and the trunk is huge.
When I finish it, I’ll also drive it in parades and take it to some shows. My dream is to give it modern disc brakes, improve the engine and transmission for a combination of power and smooth running, add air conditioning, and give it some wide whitewalls and astro supreme wheels.
Then I want to put a hitch on it and tow our 1962 Shasta camper across the country for a long road trip.
It’s hard to see in the photos, but the inserts in the seats have a funny circular texture that’s called Ostrich vinyl. The seats are in decent shape, but the foam is dried out and there a splits along many seams. I believe the original vinyl material is still available, and I intend to have the seats redone so they’ll look original.