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This or That – Summer Series: 1959 Mercury Park Lane or 1960 Buick LeSabre?

Posted July 24, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Editor’s note: This or That is not a comparison report between two vehicles, but rather a feature that enables us, in an idyllic world, to add a collectible vehicle into our dream garage on a regular basis, but with a catch: We can only pick one vehicle from this pairing, and it has to be for enjoyment purposes rather than as an investment.

Convertibles will be a continuing theme of the This or That — Summer Series and in this edition we offer the choice between a 1959 Mercury Park Lane or a 1960 Buick LeSabre. Although Mercury’s Park Lane was a top-tier line, and the LeSabre was Buick’s entry-level series, they were vying for the same general market share as a whole, and both represented their respective trim levels with refined styling. This at a time when the auto industry was recovering from a particularly difficult, late-decade recession. Here are a few details about each car (if you want to read more than we’ve provided, both vehicles were former subject material in our Hemmings Classic Car magazine — just click on the links above).

Are you going with the Mercury or the Buick? Do tell.

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07/24/2018 9:10 AM

Portholes!

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07/24/2018 12:13 PM

The Buick's softer lines are easier on the eyes.

Either would make a fine grand marshal parade vehicle.

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07/24/2018 1:12 PM

The Mercury front end looked overly Pardard-ish to me.

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07/24/2018 4:03 PM

Mercury Park Lane

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07/25/2018 6:23 AM

Park Lane

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07/27/2018 1:06 PM

I love the overall look of the Mercury but that grill on the Buick is great!

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07/27/2018 2:30 PM

I've never owned or even driven a Buick, and I don't ever plan to start. When I lived in Fla, it seemed like every retiree from Michigan was driving one. #GrandpaCar.

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