As I pulled away from the Beetle, another oddball sped by. It was one I had seen several weeks earlier near Palenville. At that time, it was traveling in the opposite direction on a two-lane road; by the time I noticed it, the "Gray Ghost" was over my shoulder. The taillights receding in my rear view mirror looked vaguely familiar, but I was stumped. It seemed somewhat Studebaker-ish, but I also thought it could be a rare 1960s European coupe.
|The mystery car, left, shares a center section (door, wheel arches, and greenhouse) with a 1993 Mercury Cougar.|
The front was a cartoon version of something 1950-ish. I'd have to count on the taillights, with their unique lozenge shape and tapering trail into the fender, to help me identify the donor car once I could poke around.
The interwebz came through again: the DNA donor was a 1949 Ford, seen below. As with the VW, the technical skill involved is remarkable, as the two cars that were merged are of very different dimensions and were built more than forty years apart.