'I love my car because... it seems like the longest car ever built!'

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Owners: John Ford with wife, Lora Ford, Mercer Island

Occupation: Vice president of data center development

Car’s make and model: 1965 Mercury Parklane

John says, “I love my car because… it seems like the longest car ever built! It has a trunk lid you could waltz on. My mother bought it new in 1966. The dealer wanted $4,500; she got it for $3,000, plus they threw in a portable TV. ‘The Merc’ celebrates being 50 this year and has 250,000 miles. Thanks to regular repairs and maintenance, it can fly down the freeway when you open up all four barrels. Only 660 of this model were built with options including power wing windows, tilt steering wheel, center console, factory tachometer and automatic headlight dimmer. We love all the smiles and waves we get as we cruise along with the top down.”

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