Monday, May 23, 2011
Car Of The Day: May 23, 2011
Today's car of the day comes from pjedsel's collection and is Siku's 1957 Mercury Commuter.
The Mercury Commuter was Mercury's lowest-priced full-size station wagon from 1957 to 1968. When introduced for the 1957 model year it was priced below Mercury's other two new full size wagons, the Voyager and the Colony Park. It was initially available as a two door wagon and as a four door wagon with the former discontinued after the 1959 model year. The Commuter was temporarily absent in 1963, in concession to the new Meteor station wagons, but was reinstated for 1964, when the Meteor was dropped. The Commuter was phased out for good, like the full-size Mercury Montclair and Park Lane, after the 1968 model year. On a collectible scale model note, a 1968 Commuter wagon was rendered in the form of a Matchbox scale die cast car, however, along with a companion Matchbox 1968 Park Lane sedan.
For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Mercury Commuter
Due to popular request, pjedsel has been kind enough to send some pictures in of this beauty for Car Of The Day. Thanks John! The Colony Park was the woodgrain-adorned top of the line model and the Voyager (decades before Plymouth used the name on a minivan!) was based on the Turnpike Cruiser and only available with two doors. So by the process of elimination, this is a Commuter wagon.
Sikus of this era are completely made of plastic, and are closer to 1/64 than the 1/55 scale that they're known for today.