Our Oxford replica of the Mercury 2-door coupé is another in the series of American cars from the post-war era and into the 1950s. It certainly looks solid, if a little bulbous and very much fit for purpose in its latest role as used by the Florida Highway Patrol in 1949.
The black and white dual colour scheme is offset by the contrasting wealth of chrome and silver applied to the windscreen surround, rear windows, a silver stripe along the sides of the body, as well as the Mercury badges on the front and rear of the car. The Mercury name is also printed above the rear wheel arch and an additional tooling modification sees a red and silver spotlight fixed to the front of the roof above the split windscreen. Florida Highway Patrol is printed in red along the front edge of the roof and again in orange under the rear window. Another similar spotlight features on the front wing. The wheels themselves are silver while the interior is off white with a black steering wheel. The doors carry the Florida Highway Patrol badge in orange and black. The Police Patrol car is registered in Florida, the Sunshine State as 8w 65.
This 1:87 scale model will be of interest to both collectors of Oxford’s American series of models and also those specializing in worldwide Police cars.