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Mercury D-528 | 1955 Mercury D-528 "Beldone" Concept
Mercury D-528 “Beldone” Concept
Mercury D-528 “Beldone” Concept
Mercury D-528 “Beldone” Concept
Mercury D-528 | 1955 Mercury D-528 "Beldone" Concept Mercury D-528 | 1955 Mercury D-528 "Beldone" Concept Mercury D-528 | 1955 Mercury D-528 "Beldone" Concept

1955 Mercury

D-528

Beldone

The D-528 was built to test advanced concepts in seating, lighting, air conditioning, and front frame design.  The hinged rear fender bulges were functional, concealing a spare tire on one side and a gas tank on the other.  Such a design gave the car adequate luggage capacity despite the need to accommodate a large air conditioning system.  Although it boasted design features such as a pillarless windshield and Ford’s first reverse-sloping retractable rear window, it was an in-house research vehicle that was never shown publicly.  “Beldone” was a stage name selected by Paramount Pictures for the car’s appearance in the 1964 Jerry Lewis movie, The Patsy, not an official Ford designation.

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