Matt Brown
Matt Brown is an automotive engineer, writer, and builder of unconventional things. Mostly vehicles.
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In 1950, the best selling import manufacturer in the U.S. was Ford. Cars like the Anglia and Prefect were manufactured by Ford UK, and some of them came to the States. In 1959, the year of this advertisement, 42,413 English Fords were sold in the U.S., and most were 100E Anglias.

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In 1958, houses were smaller and cars were bigger, so much so that this Mercury Park Lane Phaeton Coupe had a footprint 10% as big as the average U.S. house at the time. Also, thanks to its 430 cubic inch v8, it could warm up the cabin, and everyone else for several feet in any direction.