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Old 04-19-2012, 07:13 AM   #1
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The Mercury Sun Valley debuted as 'America's First Transparent-Top Car', a Plexiglas dream machine put into regular production for 1954. That year, my dad Jerry was just another wide-eyed 13 year old drooling at these exciting new Mercs when they fir...

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Old 04-19-2012, 07:24 AM   #2
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a good friend of mine and older restorer type, has a completely restored 54 mercury Sun Valley.. Creamy Yellow with a Dark Green metllic top.. Absolutely gorgeous car...
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:30 AM   #3
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A heck of a way to see your car going down the road!! Did your Dad get it back? Cat
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:44 AM   #4
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I always wondered how well the tinting worked and if you would still get boiled out of the car under a direct sun after a while.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:08 AM   #5
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I hate it when that happens! and we do need to know "the rest of the story".....did he get it back?
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:15 AM   #6
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Cool story. The first car I got with a glass sunroof, I did the same thing. Sat in it during a rain storm to see what it looks like. It looks like....water hitting glass. Your dads adventure was much cooler!
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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Big rig truck drivers loved them too.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:01 AM   #8
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Quite the story on you dad and his car. Those Mercs were reputed to get pretty warm inside on a hot summer day back when I was a ten year old kid drooling over them. My step father at the time had two or three 52/54 Mercs in the mid 50's but didn't want that model.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:05 AM   #9
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Hilarious. Not likely to forget that story.

As a teenager I saw a crazy, fat-tired, fender flared, pearl white VW bug (I know, I know) with tinted plexi replacing the sunroof as I was riding my bicycle through a parking lot. Naturally I stopped and gawked. The lack of crown REALLY stood out, not to mention the GOBS of silicone around the perimeter. First time I saw cobwebbing, too. It was on the dashboard.

Years later I saw it again as a friend drove up in it. He just bought it for $200 and I got a better look at it. What a pile it turned out to be.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:37 AM   #10
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Great story. Thanks for that!
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:53 AM   #11
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Awesome.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:07 AM   #12
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there's one of these mint restored somewhere around Concord, Ca. they used to park it out in front of "rosies diner" when it was a diner...now it's a mexican disco place or something like it.....the car was the same yellow as the one above with a full glass top canopy....i mustve stopped to look at that car a dozen times....very cool.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:28 AM   #13
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J.B., what a great story. I drove from the time I was 12, small towns had some advantages. ~sololobo~
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:33 AM   #14
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That's a really cool and funny story.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:40 AM   #15
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It seems like they are all yellow or the ones I see. My dad said when they were new it was always strange to see them riding around. He said the people in them always looked sick because of the green tint.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:57 AM   #16
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Default Re: A Transparent Error...

I had a '54 Sun Valley back in the late 80s,but mine was even more unique.It had a plexi-glass hood from the factory to display the all new V-8.There isn't a day that goes by that the Merc doesn't cross my mind
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:58 AM   #17
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I remember being in the local Ford dealer with new transparent top "Skyliner". My dad was sitting in the drivers seat, while the salesman demonstrated how your hair stands on end as he rubs the outside of the top...........yep - try it !!
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:10 AM   #18
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What a beautiful car! That would be neat on a custom too, with a pull shade underneath so you don't bake like a 7-11 hot dog. hmmmm....
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:19 AM   #19
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haha, love the story-had a feeling there was some sort of twist at the end.... good job!
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:32 AM   #20
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Had one, light green bottom / dark green top. Found it on a Ford dealers lot in Yakima WA, (Buirrows motors) 1958,rear main was out. Got it for $200 and towed it home. Friend had wrecked his 49 Merc and had a built 312 / 3 speed available. A week of cussing and on the road. Body / interior was IMMACULATE. Not REAL fast, but adequate. dropped her down in the weeds, and I gaurantee she was a 100% pantie dropper. Oh how I wish......
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