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1955 Mercury D-528

The 1955 D-528 Mercury Concept Car.

This is one of those Detroit Concept Cars that you may not remember. It was never displayed to the public by Mercury. Not until the TV appearance on the Outer Limits and the 1964 Jerry Lewis movie “The Patsy” did the public ever see this car. We found it on display at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.

Concept cars are usually sent out on the show circuit to test new innovative vehicle designs and concepts. The 1955 Mercury D-528, as it was named, was intended to test new concepts in safety, lighting, air conditioning and frame design. It reportedly was capable of 130mph with a 130hp.

The unusual hip in the rear fenders contained the spare tire on one side and the gas tank on the other. 

What do you think, should Mercury have pursued  this design them for the late 50s or early 60s? It sure would have been a head turner. How collectible would be today as a production car?

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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