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Ford Times June 1964 – Outdoor Living on Wheels

A few years ago I found someone selling a bunch of old Ford dealer literature, and he had a nice price on some old issues of the Ford Times monthly magazine.  This issue also introduced the new car called the Mustang, and it also had this cool feature on outdoor living.


1964 Mercury Towing Specifications brochure

Since I also have a vintage Shasta camper project (yes, I do like projects!), I’ve been collecting information relating to towing with an old Ford or Mercury.

So I was thrilled when I came across this brochure on the subject.   In those days people towed with their cars, and even the mid-sized and “compact” cars of the times often were used for towing smaller loads.

Brochure: Accessories for Mercury 1964

I recently picked up this cool brochure highlighting all of the Mercury accessories that dealerships offered.

I’d love to find a set of these Mercury floor mats.

Hey you kids, put your seatbelts on!  I did this all the time as a kid, almost never wore a seatbelt until I was 20.  Dumb, very dumb.

Notice the lady wearing white gloves?  I remember that era.  Things really changed from the early 1960s to the late 1960s.

I need to watch for some of these accessories, especially the tissue dispenser and the lighter/map light.  I recently found an unused, new in the box generic compass very similar to the one shown below.  It’s being saved for the day when I have this car done and back on the road.

I wonder if they ever sold any of these accessories?  The convertible tonneau cover is a bad idea, it just invites water puddling up and leaking into the interior!

The tachometer below looks very cool, I’d love to find one of those.  Believe it or not, I just recently purchased a set of emergency reflectors just like these for $2 at Hershey.  I posted about them at my other blog, here.

Overall, I think Mercury offered some nice accessories back in the day.  Which is your favorite?

Owners Manual

This isn’t the original owner’s manual for my car, that was missing when I got the Park Lane.  I picked up this one a couple years ago.  Below are some page scans.