1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

President Eisenhower signed into law the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act on June 29th of 1956. This piece of legislation appropriated $25 billion for the construction of 41,000 miles of freeways throughout America. This new highway system inspired Mercury to create a concept car for 1956 called the XM Turnpike Cruiser, which soon led to a similar production car that appeared in the brand's all-new 1957 model line.

The production Mercury Turnpike Cruiser was powered by a new 368 cubic-inch V8 engine that offered 290 horsepower. It came as a two-door or four-door hardtop. The bodystyle had design cues from the jet age, including the first compound-curve windscreen, streamlined and angular tailfins that were referred to as 'projectiles,' and 'Breezaway Ventilation,' a cabin cooling innovation in which air passed through intakes at the front of the roofline and out of a rear opening left by a retractable rear glass piece, canopied by an extended roof overhang.

Inside, there was a flat-topped elliptical steering wheel, an instrument panel dubbed the 'Monitor Control Panel' featuring an unusual speed-averaging computer clock.

Production of the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser would last for only two years, as consumers began to take greater interest in smaller, more compact vehicles being offered by other marques.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019
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1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser vehicle information

Indy 500 Pace Car

The Turnpike Cruiser was the flagship Mercury model in 1957 and 1958. At 4,125 pounds, it is powered by a 368 cubic-inch V8 engine rated at 260 horsepower when fitted with Holley four-barrel carburetors, dual exhausts and a Merc-O-Matic transmission ....[continue reading]

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser vehicle information

Hardtop Sedan

The Mercury Turnpike features many styling cues from the FoMoCo concept cars prior, including a wrap over and around windshield, roof asto-style vents, power breeze-way rear window and the famous 'Cruiser' fender skirts. Futuristic push-buttons oper....[continue reading]

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 57LA43011M

This example was assembled in Mercury's Los Angeles factory during the first year of the models production. It is believed that the car spent most of its life in Southern California. The current owner purchased the car in February 2006 from Jerry Olm....[continue reading]

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the National interstate and Defense Highway Act. This Act appropriated 25 billion dollars for the construction of 41,000 miles of American highway. And, in the spirit of free enterprise, the people at Mercur....[continue reading]

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

This 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser is an ultra-rare 'M-335 Power Package.' It is powered by a dual quad, 368 cubic-inch engine delivering 335 horsepower and was available only by special order. All M-335-equipped cars were prepared in Bill Stroppe's ....[continue reading]

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser vehicle information

Indy 500 Pace Car

Chassis Num: 57SL66064M

This 1957 Mercury Turnpike Convertible Cruiser Indy 500 Pace Car with chassis number 57SL66064M is truly a unique creation. It is the only 1957 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car created, and was once owned by Indy Winner Sam Hanks.....[continue reading]

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 57SL70016M

Just a few months after the new Interstate Highway System was into its authorization, Mercury introduced the new Turnpike Cruiser for the 1957 model year. This special model designation would last only two years in the Mercury line. First, it was ava....[continue reading]

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser vehicle information

Convertible

This Mercury Montclair Turnpike Cruiser Convertible is one of just 4,248 examples built. It has been carefully preserved since it was purchased from the late Dick Clark's famous 57 Heaven Museum in 2009. It is red with tri-color rolled and pleated in....[continue reading]

Indy 500 Pace Car
 
Hardtop Sedan
 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 57LA43011M 
Hardtop Coupe
 
Hardtop Coupe
 
Indy 500 Pace Car
Chassis #: 57SL66064M 
Convertible
Chassis #: 57SL70016M 
Convertible
 

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Price Comparison

$295-$3,755
1957 Turnpike Cruiser
$4,100-$16,800
1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Price Range: $3,755 - $4,100

$3,190 - $3,430

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Mercury
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)341,366
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)317,351
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)271,331
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)150,000
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)133,271
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)286,163
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)327,943
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)329,808
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)259,305
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)305,863
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)172,087

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