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.
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.
There is a great story behind this Bug, but I don't know it. It now sits sad and forlorn on a side street near my home, flaunting a hand-crafted bamboo rack, luggage strapped to the exterior and flora sprouting from nooks and crannies. When I learn its history I will update it here. Soon, I hope.
Commission 26/26 (car #12/26) for Doug S in Portland OR. This is the last commission for Doug, completing the entire history of his car ownership. Check out all of his cars here: http://www.idrewyourcar.com/timeline/doug-s
Commission 21/26 (car #3/26) for Doug S in Portland OR. "Knuckle scraper when you hang the arm out the window. Cool city car but very rough on the highway."
Commission 20/26 (car #4/26) for Doug S in Portland OR. This was a pure work truck and was a nighmare to drive with a half-turn of play in the steering system.
Commission 19/26 (car #1/26) for Doug S in Portland OR. His first car was this entry-level full-size Chevy coupe, slotted in under the Bel Air and line-topping Impala.
Commission 18/26 (car #4/26) for Doug S in Portland OR. Just a cheap, reliable, work truck.