1968 Mercury Parklane Convertible with yachtpanel siding
My grandfather bought this car for me in 1986 when I was 15 years old. At the time it was parked in a carport and there she sat. In 1968, 112 of these Parklane convertibles with the yachtpanelling were produced, 12 remain this is one of those 12.
At the time I acquired it the Parklane was 18 years old a fitting age for a first car. It's now 2011 and that Parklane is 43 years old! I never would have believed in 1986 that I would still have the car around in 2011, of course at 15 I wouldn't have believed I'd be writing about it in 2011.
This 68 Mercury Parklane came with the 428 cubic inch big block motor and a 4bbl carburetor. Miraculously this very same motor is still in good shape today with 120,000 miles on it. The motor is tied to Ford's robust C6 transmission which has amazingly lasted all these years without requiring a rebuild as well.
The following is some information about this car from an article in "Old Cars" November 21, 1996 entitled: "Boats that don't float" by John Adamek
The wood grain vinyl on the side was made by 3M and is called officially "DI-NOC woodgrain transfer" and it is walnut in color and comes in 2 layers the Walnut layer then a layer on top that has the 1/8" black pin stripes that run the entire length of the car spaced 2 1/4" apart giving it the appearance of board planking. The original cost for the wood grain package was $129.55
John Adamek's favorite print ad for this car was in the March 1, 1968 copy of Life magazine on pages 66 and 67.
It is believed that only 200 of these cars were made with the woodgrain. And according to Adamek he only knew of 15 convertible parklane's in existence.