Remembering the glory days of Mercury
Mercurys accounted for just 0.9 percent of U.S. new vehicle sales this year, but the brand -- which Ford recently announced would be closed at year's end -- had a heyday from the late 1940s to 1970s. The 1949 Mercury 9CM became famous after James Dean drove one in "Rebel Without a Cause" (shown above). Back then, Mercury had distinctive styling, more features and powerful engines. "Mercury Blues," by K.C. Douglas and Robert Geddins, first recorded in 1949, was an ode to the brand.
"Well if I had money, I tell you what I'd do / I'd go downtown and buy me a Mercury or two / Crazy 'bout a Mercury."
--The Associated Press
Work starts on LeMay auto museum expansion
LeMay -- America's Car Museum, broke ground on its new facilities in Tacoma last week. The expanded space, which has been in development for almost a decade, will be the largest automotive museum in North America, costing $100 million. With construction underway, the museum is starting a "Race to the Finish" campaign, which will focus on exhibit and educational program development in preparation for the museum's grand opening scheduled for summer 2011.