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Old 10-16-2009, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default 1957 Mercury Mermaid



I've been having problems sleeping this week and for one reason or another, my body decided to catch up last night. As such, I got off to a late start this morning. To make matters worse, I sat down in front of the keyboard this late morning with no...

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Old 10-16-2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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wow. never new about this and it's only 60 miles away.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:04 PM   #3
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Wow,I'd forgotten about this car! Brings back images of Tom McCall and beach racing.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:05 PM   #4
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Too bad the motor let go... cool story. I guess staring at the ceiling works!
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:09 PM   #5
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Always loved the look of that mercury, never knew until today that it was called the "Mermaid". That speed boat like airfoil defitely gave it a unique look.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:15 PM   #6
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Default Re: 1957 Mercury Mermaid

I've had that issue of HR for ages and always imagined that car in the bright orange-red shown on the magazine cover; it's a little weird to see the recreation in that darker color that I'm assuming is '57 Merc "Fiesta Red."

Whatever the color it's one of the coolest factory race cars ever!
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:16 PM   #7
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Damn fine rocket ship there! Never heard of it before, sure is classy.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:18 PM   #8
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WOW! what a machine. glad to see it still lives on.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:32 PM   #9
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Never seen or heard of this beast, it is frightening.......I love it!
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:35 PM   #10
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I think the original was lost forever if I'm not mistaken. I think the picture is Royce's replica. Still, badass car.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:40 PM   #11
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Thanks for the reminder.... what a cool car!
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:05 PM   #12
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cool car, never seen it before!
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:15 PM   #13
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I hope you weren't impersonating David Letterman too much.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:24 PM   #14
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Neat, cant decide if i like it or not. Man they built some crazy stuff back then.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:27 PM   #15
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Thanks for the lack of sleep. Good shit.
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Old 10-16-2009, 02:13 PM   #16
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Ryan ... cool post ... and since I believe a thread can never have too many pics, here's some
more culled from the Internet (via a BING images search) ...

... HRM July 1957:

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... Re-created by Royce Brechler in 2000:

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EDIT: D'oh! ... Just noticed Ryan's "Editor's note" which provides a link to the StockCarRacing.com
webpage with these 9 pics.


NOTE: More pics & info can be found on Royce's The Mermaid Merc Site website (click HERE).

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Old 10-16-2009, 02:48 PM   #17
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Default Re: 1957 Mercury Mermaid

Thanks Ryan and Hemi32! Love the side by side on the cover of the July 57 HOT ROD and those light cover treatment.
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:10 PM   #18
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:22 PM   #19
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I will see if I can find the article I have on the recreation. It might have been destroyed in the flood a couple years back.
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:33 PM   #20
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Love the car,but I love the Lincoln valve covers more. I think they were an option on the AMT 3'N1 T kit, but the memory might be a little shakey. What are the chances of finding a Lincoln w/ these valve covers? Now you got me starin' at the ceiling!! Have a good weekeng and be safe,Cat
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