#142 Mercury Eight

1950 Mercury Eight owned by Ron and Carol Cima

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One of the most iconic post-war cars is the Mercury Eight, which was launched in 1949 and lasted just three years through the 1951. It's toothed-grill and flowing lines were instant hits and became the basis for the term "lead sled". My neighbor Ron has a tastefully-customized 1950 stashed in his underground garage, complete with Pearl White paint, subtle pinstriping, a properly-low stance and a deep rumble from the flathead 255.

#134 Toyota Crown

1958 Toyota Crown displayed by Toyota USA

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About five years ago I was one of the final bidders on an eBay auction featuring the first Toyota Crown to be imported in the States, a 1957 sedan that had been in storage for decades following a short career as diplomatic transportation for the Japanese consulate in San Francisco. I was very excited to get my hands on this piece of history, but ultimately a museum in the southwest won the auction, which was probably for the best because I had no idea where to even start on a restoration. Now plenty of people can enjoy it instead of another layer of dust collecting in my garage.