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Posted By: David Holcombe
Posted On: Friday October 4, 2019 at 10:41 PM
While I like both of these and admired them when they were new
and I was a car-struck kid, I recognize that both were stylistically dead ends. The streamliner style of the Mercury and the fastback slope of the torpedo bodied Olds just didn't last. A few attempts have been made over the years to revive these styles, but they just don't seem to win public acceptance.

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PICs: Which '49? Mercury or Oldsmobile by John Bono #44382
Mercury please. Just don't care for the fast back in that period for GM. (EOM) by Bruce Parsons #44382.1
I like the Olds and its fastback. To my eye, it makes the Merc, nice in itself, look dated. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #44382.2ModeratorZone Diplomat
Both are very nice but I'll take the Merc today. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #44382.3
MERCURY. The Oldsmobile looks really old and dated in comparison. (EOM) by George Schire #44382.4
I'll take the Olds...great timing, John, look what the UPS man brought me today! (PIC) by Barry Levittan #44382.5
Imagine that! Great looking Olds.....looks sharp in that color. (EOM) by John Bono #44382.5.1
Both nice, but I'll take the Olds. (EOM) by Ed Glorius #44382.5.2
While I like both of these and admired them when they were new by David Holcombe #44382.6
Mercury. (EOM) by Tim Kubiak #44382.7
Mercury for me. This was my first Brooklin model (EOM) by John Roberts #44382.8
My second car was a 1950 Mercury coupe that I bought in by Bob Jackman #44382.8.1
A sweet sound for sure. (EOM) by John Bono #44382.8.1.1
My first Brooklin too!! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #44382.8.2
Mercury (EOM) by George Burgess #44382.9
OLDS for me. (EOM) by Dick Johnson #44382.10
Merc’ (EOM) by Terence Slekar #44382.11
I owned both, put an Olds V8 in the Mercury. by Dan Vincent #44382.12
+1 best of both worlds. (EOM) by Frank Kocour #44382.12.1
Merc. (EOM) by Frank Kocour #44382.13
Olds (EOM) by Ron Dietrich #44382.14
Mercury (EOM) by Gary Rockwood #44382.15
That Olds is a 98, an 88 had smoother lines. (EOM) by Dan Vincent #44382.16
Love them both but it's the 98 this time. (EOM) by John Bono #44382.17

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