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Bob Andrews
10-14-2013, 08:46 AM
Don't know how I've never seen or heard of this car before:ohmy: 1962 Mercury Palomar:

http://www.curbsideclassic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mercury-Palomar-Rear@62Web22.jpg

Not only has the sliding roof, but the rear seat raises up, and the rear passengers have a windscreen. What an awesome concept!

Being a 1962 show car, that probably puts the conception around 1960 or so. I wonder if it was the inspiration for the Wagonaire?

Chris Pile
10-14-2013, 09:10 AM
Man - that thing looks like a Mopar!

56H-Y6
10-14-2013, 09:11 AM
Hi

Novel station wagon top treatments was just something "in the air" in that period. The 1958 Plymouth Cabana and 1959 Scimitar concept wagons are prior examples.

Steve

junior
10-14-2013, 09:14 AM
I dunno, but I figure its sure is clean design for a wagon of that era...no evidence of the rockets, jet planes etc.

The rear quarter glass looks like it could have inspired the GM boys with their wagon glass in the mid 70`s.

I`ve never seen this before either, but I do like it.

Junior.

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&docid=wg61LpAYOTnfAM&tbnid=FTtqQQ3oulrJyM:&ved=0CAUQjBwwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.carstyling.ru%2FStatic%2FSIMG%2F420_0_I_MC_jpg_W%2Fresource s%2Fconcept%2F62mercury_palomar_1.jpg%3F7B5FB3590633810ED314DC61EAF926E9&ei=rPxbUo-BDufdigLk74H4Bg&psig=AFQjCNEwNMx682tQUp8QHC-PuHdhMuFRcA&ust=1381846572276019

Gunslinger
10-14-2013, 09:33 AM
It does have a very contemporary Mopar look to it from that perspective. I wonder what the front looks like?

Bob Andrews
10-14-2013, 10:02 AM
It does have a very contemporary Mopar look to it from that perspective. I wonder what the front looks like?

Here it is, Bruce:

http://www.carstyling.ru/Static/SIMG/420_0_I_MC_jpg_W/resources/concept/62mercury_palomar_1.jpg?7B5FB3590633810ED314DC61EAF926E9

Chris Pile
10-14-2013, 10:25 AM
Told ya it looks like a Mopar!

raprice
10-14-2013, 10:27 AM
It's a beautiful car. The front end seems to portend the '63 Ford. I wonder if Brooks Stevens had anything to do with it.

Rog

8E45E
10-14-2013, 10:49 AM
Novel station wagon top treatments was just something "in the air" in that period. The 1958 Plymouth Cabana and 1959 Scimitar concept wagons are prior examples.

The Scimitar would have been the inspiration for the Wagonaire. It was designed by Brooks Stevens, as was the Wagonaire. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?17394-Ultimate-Wagonaire!&highlight=scimitar

Craig

Commander Eddie
10-14-2013, 01:31 PM
My guess is this is a concept car and never actually went into production. Anyone have any firm evidence of that?

Roscomacaw
10-14-2013, 02:20 PM
No, it was never a production car. One thing that I find intriguing is how the chromed front bumper seems to be integrated with the sheet metal ala todays plastic :bumpers".

studegary
10-14-2013, 02:21 PM
My guess is this is a concept car and never actually went into production. Anyone have any firm evidence of that?

Bob A. refers to it as a "show car". To me, that is all that it was. It was typical of the time. The car reminds me of my 1963 Dodge Custom 880 (size, windows, grille).

garyash
10-14-2013, 05:26 PM
Here's a guy who actually rode in that elevated back seat:

http://www.madeyoulaugh.com/funny_photos/bugs_in_teeth/bugs_in_teeth.jpg

swvalcon
10-14-2013, 05:35 PM
I wonder if they could get by with that today. Put the kids back there with no seat belts.