One of the cars Katrina and I lust over is the 57 and 58 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser. These cars are far from being mainstream and will never make a good hot rod but they are, in our minds, a historical icon of the 50s decade. It was a far different time in America and a far different time in the automobile design arena. Gas was less than a quarter a gallon and new wide interstates were being built. Families wanted to travel. Large passenger airplanes were a status symbol for anyone that good afford to travel on one. Large luxury ocean liners were likewise for the rich and famous.
Mercury responded with the 1957 and 1958 Turnpike Cruiser. It was the land yacht for the new mobile, professional young family. It was for the affluent Ford buyer who wanted more.