The ONE and ONLY XM-800

This is the newly restored 1954 Mercury XM-800 Concept car. Restored by Tom Maruska of Lakewood Township in Duluth MN over the past winter.
This car is crafted entirely from fiberglass, a new challenge in the auto industry in 1953 when the XM-800 was built. Even the bumpers are fiberglass and chrome plated!!
The car features power windows, power brakes and power steering, all quite commonplace in todays autos but something quite amazing in 1954. It also features automatic power opening and closing hood and trunk lids and a power reclining front passenger seat. These are features you still don't even see today!.
It also features bucket seats front and rear, something not repeated in the auto industry until Pontiac did it in 1960!. Lots of new innovations are in the XM-800 and many of them show up in later Ford products, particularly the 1956 Lincoln Premier. The XM-800 is the first ever finned Ford product!
In 1954 when the XM-800 was introduced at the February 1954 Detroit Auto Show, it was a 'push car". In all of it's 54 years it never moved under it's own power until today, July 10, 2009!
The entire history of the car and it's complete restoration can be seen by visiting www.tbirdsquare.com.
If you want to see the car in person, the first planned public showing will be at the regular Wednesday night old car get together Wednesday July 22nd which will be at Airport Autos 5294 Rice Lake Road in Duluth MN from about 4:30-7PM weather permitting.
The XM-800 will also be featured at the Meadow Brook Concours D'elegance
http://www.meadowbrookconcours.org/ in Rochester Michigan on Saturday and Sunday August 1st and 2nd, 2009.

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