Monday, May 31, 2010

Blogger uncovers Royal Enfield's past
and a 1959 Mercury Parklane as well

Royal Enfield blogger Jorge Pullin of My Royal Enfields produces on ongoing series of posts entitled "Where in..." He uses Google photos to show us what buildings related to Royal Enfield history look like today.

This has a tremendous appeal to me, for some reason. It comes down to a feeling that "if only these walls could speak" we would know more about our heritage.

Today's "Where in..." takes us to Long Beach, Calif., to a shop that was selling a Royal Enfield military motorcycle — in 1947!

Now it's a hole-in-the wall muffler shop. Parked in front is a rare old car that Jorge wonders about. Is that a 1958 Chevrolet Impala, he asks?

No, it isn't, not if we're talking about the same car. I'm old enough to remember riding in a '58 Impala, and it looked nothing like this.

In the Google Street View I found, the car had shifted to the other side of the street. It looks like it's a low rider, and has a "For Sale" sign in the window.

I'd say it's a 1959 Mercury Parklane, like the image below, from the Internet.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10/19/2010

    Hi. The dark Mercury above is a 1959 Monterey 2 door hardtop.


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