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Mercury Pick Up made in Canada.
Topic Started: May 4 2012, 05:32 PM (825 Views)
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I am so glad M2 had the courage to make this unique model. I keep wondering how it has sold for them. But I am curious...how many on the board have had the opportunity to see a real Canadian Mercury pickup or a Fargo pickup? Back in my college years I saw a Fargo pickup in Trail, BC and the Mercury I believe I saw stop by when I was in Vancouver, BC for an Edsel show (both of these would have been in the early to mid '70's).
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Was this a mainline release? Is it currently available? I'd like to add one to my collection because it's so unique.
:cat: I'm Tator-Zilla and I love toy cars too...they taste like chicken.
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May 4 2012, 08:48 PM
Was this a mainline release? Is it currently available? I'd like to add one to my collection because it's so unique.
Yes - it is from Auto-thenics trucks release 17.
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I see a Fargo truck at least a dozen times over the summer, some guy near here has one....
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This is one of those things that "It's made in Canada" so it was unique.

...As a collectible, where am I to find it in Canada?

In terms of the 1:1, there are definitely a few I've seen. Few at shows, one I know by my parents house.
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This is a gorgeous and unique piece!

I have heard of Mercury pickup trucks, can't say I have ever knowingly seen one. Wasn't Fargo a Canadian Dodge? I vaguely recall one from when I was a young kid, but that may be my mind playing tricks.
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May 4 2012, 10:44 PM
This is a gorgeous and unique piece!

I have heard of Mercury pickup trucks, can't say I have ever knowingly seen one. Wasn't Fargo a Canadian Dodge? I vaguely recall one from when I was a young kid, but that may be my mind playing tricks.
:wave: You win the prize Wes - yes Fargo was the Canadian Dodge and the Fargo named was used in other parts of the world as well.
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You certainly have the knack for excellent photos. I love the Canadian Fords. I am posting a pic if an acquaintance of mine from Oakville, Ontario. He took "Best of Show" at the Buffalo Autorama with his gorgeous '53 M-100. This truck is awesome with a nasty 302 5L to boot. Again thanks for the post!

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Camaro Marty gave me that painter I while back and the Lucky Strikes ad came from an Detail kit on Ebay which still sells today under 1/64 detail kit. Thanks for the complements but my camera does great close up and not at distances. It's just a lucky purchase.
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Living i Buffalo, NY, so close to Canada and being as old as I am. I remember when Canadian Fords were called Meteors, the F-1 and F-100s were known as Mercurys, Pontiac called the Bonneville the Parisienne and walleyed pike (yellow pike) they called pickerel. eh? Oh yes, the Dodge Intrepid was badged the Chrysler Intrepid.
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http://www.mercurypickup.com/merc_history.htm

Let's not forget south of the border, where my Ford F-150 Lariat is known as the Lobo.

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Interesting information man. It's funny I told my Daddy who is born in 1938 about the Mercury Truck and he said there wasn't any. Then he research it and was very surprised. When I was in my teenage years in Germany I seen a lot of German Fords and as a 20ish Soldier stationed in Germany I owned a German Ford Tanus. It had a 4.0 liter V-6 and was good for a 180 clicks on the autobahn. I'm going to see if I can find a picture of it.
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This is what mine looked like but it was blue.

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I spent some time in Germany myself in the '60's, Air Force TDYs at Sembach AB, Ramstein AB and Rhine-Mein AB. The Taunus was way too new for me to see it. My friend had a '58 Chevy Tri-Power 348 back then. We had many wide-open-throttle rides on the Autobahn.
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Way back when, in Canada there were distinct dealers for certain kinds of automobiles and trucks.
For General Motors there were dealers that sold Buick, Pontiac, Cadillac, and GMC trucks.
Other General Motors dealers sold Chevrolet cars and trucks, Oldsmobile, Corvette and maybe something else.
Ford Motor Company had two distinct selling divisions being Mercury and Ford.
Mercury dealers sold Mercury products and trucks while Ford dealers sold Ford products and trucks.
I'm not sure which dealers sold Monarchs, but I think that it was the Ford dealerships.
The same thing applied to Chrysler Corporation with Plymouth dealers selling Plymouth products and Fargo trucks while Dodge dealers sold Dodge automobiles and Dodge trucks.

There is a turquoise blue Mercury truck that I see regularly in my neighbourhood.

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Monarchs were first introduced by Ford of Canada as a companion make to be be sold by Mercury Dealers . The arrangement was similar to to Ford / Meteor connection! But don't forget the 67 Acadian which resembled a Chev Nova and was made for the Canadian Pontiac Dealers to sell. M2 Machines has already released a model of this car which is also a nice , but unusual casting . That makes a total of 2 Canadian replicas so far representing cars only available North of the US Border! I hope there are more in the works. And having been in contact with M2's Chief Designer, Sean Taylor , I suspect we may see more of these cars from Canada in the future - at least I hope so!
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The Acadian was a car I never heard of until I saw the M2 casting, and was trying to remember the name at CARnival. Dave gave me some history and I grabbed a chase version from KKK. Found a reg. version yesterday. I'll try together some picks this week. Nice casting, essentially a Nova body with some changes I believe to the grill and rear view.
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Unique Canadian Pontiac information:

1967 Pontiac Beaumont news, pictures, and information
The Beaumont featured a Chevrolet drive-train and General Motors bodies. They were version of the Chevrolet Chevelle with instrument panels similar to Pontiac GTO's and sold to the Canadian market. Though they were sold through Pontiac dealerships, there is little reference of mention of the nameplate Pontiac in the manual or instruction booklet.

In 1968, only 708 Beaumont SD hardtops were created making it relatively rare and highly collectible. Outfitted with a 396 cubic inch V8 engine, the vehicle produced between 325 and 350 horsepower.

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To avoid tariffs imposed by the Canadian government, GM produced some cars with Canadian content that were distinctively Canadian. The big Pontiacs from there looked like Pontiacs but were built on Chevy chassis and had Chevy engines; names were distinctly Canadian, such as Laurentian, Parisienne, and Strato-Chief. Mid-sized cars looked like Chevelles but had Pontiac hallmarks like the split grille; they were called Beaumonts. By 1970, the trade laws were relaxed; the unique Beaumont became superfluous and was discontinued.

Sold by Pontiac dealers starting in 1964, Beaumonts carried their own styling, which was influenced by Pontiac's trademark split grille. The SD (Sport Deluxe, NOT Super Duty) was the high-line version of the Beaumont, which originally started as the high-line Acadian. Sport Deluxes initially included the same engines as the American Chevelle, but starting in 1967, they were analogous to the Chevelle SS396; however, the SD396 didn't offer the 396/375 like its American counterpart.

This car spent its life in Ottawa, Ontario until moving to the Buffalo, NY area a few years ago, where it underwent a six-year restoration. Only 66 SD396 Beaumont convertibles were built in 1967, and none of them were sold new in the United States. Is it a Pontiac? Is it a Chevelle? Ask a Poncho or Chevy fan and you may get a different answer!

To answer the question - it is a Pontiac.

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Gosh isn' she just beautiful!!! Great pictures Gerry.
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Regarding the unique Canadian Pontiac info - I can't resist sharing this story from my college days. I was dating a young woman who still lived at home with her parents. I was to pick her up for our Friday night date. Her father had asked about me to access whether he would approve of me or not - apparently I passed all the questions until it got to the type of car I drove (had my '59 Edsel Ranger in those days). She told her father she wasn't sure - it was an older big white car - maybe a Canadian Pontiac. When he saw what it was...he was not impressed and pretty well told her I was a loser and not worth dating. :( Every time I read something about Canadian Pontiac's it makes me smile...and the good news is - while I never dated here again - I did meet Velma (my wife) and she like "Sir Edward" the Edsel! :D
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May 7 2012, 02:14 PM
Regarding the unique Canadian Pontiac info - I can't resist sharing this story from my college days. I was dating a young woman who still lived at home with her parents. I was to pick her up for our Friday night date. Her father had asked about me to access whether he would approve of me or not - apparently I passed all the questions until it got to the type of car I drove (had my '59 Edsel Ranger in those days). She told her father she wasn't sure - it was an older big white car - maybe a Canadian Pontiac. When he saw what it was...he was not impressed and pretty well told her I was a loser and not worth dating. :( Every time I read something about Canadian Pontiac's it makes me smile...and the good news is - while I never dated here again - I did meet Velma (my wife) and she like "Sir Edward" the Edsel! :D
Isn't it interesting the way some folks sum up our entire lives before their eyes? When I was in my teens, I had a friend who I used to hang out with because we both liked comics and liked to draw. When his mother questioned me about my life's ambitions...to be a comic artist, she said I was a loser, and in fact, would never get a job higher than a stock boy at the local retail store, based on my thoughts of the future.

Interestingly enough, i became a comic book artist while her son became so uncertain of making the least decision, based on his mother's disapproval of everything, that he never held a steady job, never got involved in a serious relationship...and the last I heard of him, he was joining some sort of cult that he felt would help him figure out the truths of life.
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That's a nice shot, great pic Daniel!!
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That's a nice shot, great pic Daniel!!
Thanks man I like complements.
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Interestingly enough, i became a comic book artist while her son became so uncertain of making the least decision, based on his mother's disapproval of everything, that he never held a steady job, never got involved in a serious relationship...and the last I heard of him, he was joining some sort of cult that he felt would help him figure out the truths of life.

I find your occupation very interesting! What comic character books do you draw for?
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