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Mercury Memories

January 16, 2009
1963 Monterey Breezeway

1963 Monterey Breezeway

In the late 60s, we had a Mercury. It was a plain brown color with a brown interior. My father has never bought a brand-new car, so this car was already a few years old. I cannot recall for certainty if it was a Montclair or Monterey, but I do know it had something special that none of our cars before or since have had. This car had the Breezeway window. One of the most wonderful things to a family of four children and a dog. While most people would roll up their windows when it rained, we could have the rear window down and still enjoy the fresh air. My father was in the military for most of my childhood so traveling was par for the course. 

One special thing that still brings fond memories to me was when we had the special treat of going to a drive-in movie. My mother would pop a couple of large brown grocery bags full of fresh popcorn. Then we would all pile into the Mercury to go enjoy a Disney movie at the drive-in. For any of you that recall those icons of Americana, you would remember trying to place the speaker on your car door just right when you parked in your space. Mom always had my father try to get a place in the center so that she had a good view of the screen. Then all of us kids would pile out the rear window and sit on the edge between the window and rear seat. We could hear the movie just fine from all the speakers there. It had the added advantage of being able to slide back into the back seat to grab some popcorn, then squirm back out the window. There was nothing like enjoying a summer evening going to the movies.

We lost that car on one of our trips to Iowa to visit my grandparents. It had just worn out. We all missed that car.

On one of my many trips to the Carlisle All-Ford, I was privileged to see a restored version of that car. It brought back fond memories. One of these days, I am going to treat my husband and myself to a trip to Stephens City or even Lexington, now that they have a drive-in as well. It won’t be the same as sitting on the trunk with my brother and sisters (and yes, sometimes we snuck in the dog), but I am sure it will be a wonderful experience anyway.