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.
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?
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.