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On The Table: Mercury Designs

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Editor-in-Chief: We haven't heard from our friend Casey Shain "art and colour" http://artandcolour.blogspot.com/ in a while, so this week we're thrilled that he's decided to pay tribute to his dearly departed Mercury brand. Here's what Casey had to say: "Oh well. I guess the handwriting was on the wall for some time, but I'm still quite saddened by Mercury's demise. My first car, at 16, was a 4-year-old '69 Comet 'Sport Coupe,' the lowest rung of the Montego lineup that year. Even though it came with rubber floor mats instead of carpeting, and a cheap cloth interior that split if you looked at it funny, it also came with a 302 V8, power steering/brakes/auto trans/AC/AM-FM-8 track and an electric trunk opener. I'm not quite sure who would want so many 'luxury' items on the base model and not the MX or Brougham, but it must have been special-ordered. My dad bought it for me from the Peugeot dealer in town. Remember those? All of my 'hard work' trying to make Mercury Ford's high-tech/hybrid division is for nothing now. I've probably done 50 or more Mercury chops in the past 4 years! Enjoy this selection of Mercury Hybrids that will never be now..." No, definitely not for nothing, Casey. I'm sure our readers will enjoy this latest example of your vision and creativity. I know we do. - PMD

http://www.autoextremist.com/on-the-table1/

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I've always liked his chops, most of them anyway. The fact that he's one of "us" only sweetens the pot.

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