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clonelark
10-22-2010, 03:57 AM
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StudHawk60
10-22-2010, 04:13 AM
Love that pace car.

studegary
10-22-2010, 04:20 PM
I like them. I used to work with (shared an office) a guy that bought a 1957 Turnpike Cruiser new.

Another soon to be orphan.

Note that the two door TC has dual headlights and the four door TC has single headlights. Some states did not allow dual headlights, at least at the beginning of the 1957 model year.

DEEPNHOCK
10-22-2010, 04:54 PM
Loved the roll down back window..
We used to lay on the shelf back there..

bob40
10-22-2010, 06:29 PM
We used to lay on the shelf back there..

Parents have the window up or down? ;)

Packard53
10-22-2010, 07:13 PM
The 57 Mercury Pace Car was driven by Mercury Division Manager Francis C. Reith. The pace car was equipped with a 368 cid engine rated at 290 hp and 405 lbs of torque. Sam Hanks who had been racing at Indy since 1940 won the 57 event and then announced his retirement from racing.

John S.

okc63avanti
10-22-2010, 09:32 PM
Was the external spare on the extended bumper an option? If so it is an option I would do without .... looks so wrong.

clonelark
10-23-2010, 01:47 AM
It was an option and may even be an aftermarket option,These were popular in the 50s but most look hidious to me.
I also just noticed they have the same headlight bulge that Studebaker did, but the hooded headlight trim kinda hides it. It dont have that 'OH we forgot to ad dual headlights look.

raprice
10-23-2010, 11:04 AM
The Turnpike Cruiser was always one of my favorite cars. They were so different from all the other cars they competed with. I agree that the continental kits looked out of place and were so impractical. Just try to enter a driveway that rose up to the house. That kit would always scrape bottom because it hung way out in the rear of the car.
Rog

Packard53
10-23-2010, 04:38 PM
Production numbers for the 57 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

Two door hardtop 7,291
Four door hardtop 8,305
Convertible 1,265

John S

showbizkid
10-24-2010, 10:02 PM
Notice that the brochure car has single headlights? Wonder if any were actually built that way? I've seen a few, but never any with singles.

BobPalma
10-25-2010, 07:15 AM
Notice that the brochure car has single headlights? Wonder if any were actually built that way? I've seen a few, but never any with singles.

Yes they did, Clark. It was probably more regional than anything else, with different states having different headlight standards that had to be made uniform before the 1958 models came out.

Ironically, I saw an early, single headlight model of one of those within the past year. It was a pink and white 4-door hardtop on a car trailer behind an out-of-state-plate pickup truck. The whole rig was parked at the McDonald's restaurant in Carmel IN, just north of Indianapolis.

The guys must have been on their way home from a barn find, because the car was covered in what was obviously years of storage dirt. The car looked fairly decent and was likely going to be someone's restoration project. BP

studegary
10-25-2010, 12:55 PM
Notice that the brochure car has single headlights? Wonder if any were actually built that way? I've seen a few, but never any with singles.

For all car brands, when the 1957 models came out in 1956, many states did not allow the new dual headlights. The variuous state laws were changed to allow the dual headlights. As the laws were changed, cars destined for those states were built with dual headlights. Eventually, all states allowed dual headlights, as installed on most 1958 models.

8E45E
10-25-2010, 01:07 PM
Has anyone ever seen a '57 Nash with singles? I can't say I ever have; even a pic of one.

Craig

studegary
10-25-2010, 01:34 PM
Has anyone ever seen a '57 Nash with singles? I can't say I ever have; even a pic of one.

Craig

Didn't they, at least the early ones, use stacked headlights with two different size bulbs. One was the conventional bulb used in single headlight systems and the other bulb was second light (probably high beam only)? This would not have been the true dual headlight system using two smaller bulbs than the single headlight systems.

I will leave the final answer to a Nash "expert", certainly not me, or to someone that researches this.