1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Indy 500 pace car convertible Options Restored
CMC is offering an incredible 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Convertible. Although 1,265 Pace Cars were built, only a few good examples remain today. This particular Pace Car was part of the “Mr.Mercury” Collection. Mr. Mercury only collected Turnpike Cruiser Pace Cars, and he noted this one as the most original and correct of all his cars. He purchased the car from an estate in Arizona. RM Auctions previously sold one for $244,000 at one there auctions! As of today, this is the only documented Pace Car for sale!
This Pace Car is equipped with an unbelievable list of option that Mercury offered at the time. It is hard to believe but every single option and accessory still works as intended from the new.
Here is the amazing list of options:
368 CI ECU engine, Merc-O-Matic Automatic Transmission, Push Button Drive Transmission, Power Windows, Power Convertible Top, Power Steering, Power Brakes,Power Seat, Adjustable Mermory Seat (still working!), Tachometer, Clock,Power Antennae (switch built into radio), Automatic Chassis lubrication system (button on dash), tinted glass, Indy Pace car illuminated trunk ornament, Fender skirts, Continental Kit, Fender mounted corner lights, Mercury floor mats, indy 500 flags, Pace Car proper decals,”Dream Car” Spare Tire Carrier,Full Wheel Covers,Wide Whitewall Tires, Windshield Washer, Dual Exhaust.
As prices skyrocketed on these Pace Cars, so did the demand for building clones. When purchasing a pace car, decoding one is one very important, There are numbers on the trim tag that denotes one as a true pace car. Trim Tag must read “76B”, “2000” , “2005”. This denotes the car as a true pace car, Also all pace cars were painted the exclusive Sun Glitter. Also, all pace cars had the metal pace car dash plaque. We have photos showing the trim tag, engines numbers, and the original pace car plaque.
Pace Cars are rare enough as it is, but to find a good, solid, well sorted one is near impossible. This particular car has only 61,308 miles on the odometer and they are believed to be original. This car was denoted as an all original well kept car prior to the full frame up restoration. As the car was restored, a lot of the originality of the car was left. The car retains many original components in the interior, the trunk compartment has the original mat and cardboard. The engine is the original with the proper ECU code on the block. The car received a highly detailed engine bay and chassis restoration. The car received new paint and new chrome. Many NOS parts were used in the restoration. The restoration was performed at least 10 years ago, but has always been in climate controlled storage.
Mechanically, you could not ask for a better car. All factory options are still working! Seldom do you get a classic car with everything working properly! As soon as you turn the key, the memory seat brings you to the exact seat position. The engine start with the push button selector immediately and is very powerful and smooth. The dual exhaust existing the rear bumper provides a muscle car sound. The transmission shifts as it should, The car is a true pleasure to drive and is an amazing experience with the top down on those summer nights. All the exterior lights and ornaments work provide a great visual affect. All original windows go up and down with ease. The original radio plays well and get many stations. The power antennae switch is in the radio and moves the factory power antennae well. The clock in dash work. The tachometer performs smooth with accuracy. All lights and gauges are operating as well. As you can see this is a very well sorted classic, and far better then the average.
Documentation is important on a limited production car as well. This car is documented with previous owners history, 1957 Mercury service manual, Original Indy 500 photos, binder of documents, Original owners manual, Original Mercury dealers color brochures and magazine articles.
The 1957 Mercury Pace Car will stand out in any collection. Not many of these Mercury’s are available today and with all of its modern advancements and options, this is a car that will be appreciated for generations to come. Put a car in your collection that others don’t have. This is a special one. Call us today. We are really excited to talk about this amazing ride.
Financing available at very low rates!
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Location: Apex, North Carolina, United States