The most notable changes to the 1968 Mercury Breezeway were in the form of added safety and emissions-control equipment. A horizontal-bar grille replaced the segmented ’67 design, and the 410-cube V-8 was axed in favor of a 315-bhp four-barrel 390 V-8. (Also, the two-barrel 390 and 428 engines both saw cuts of five bhp.)
The last cars to use the Breezeway window were the
1968 Mercury four-door sedans.
The Brougham was changed to an option package for any Park Lane hardtop or sedan. Similarly, the Breezeway was reduced to a $58.35 option that found its way onto only 5,874 Monterey and Montclair sedans, and perhaps some Park Lanes. When all-new full-sized cars appeared for 1969, Mercury shut the window on the Breezeway.
Aside from its unique styling (at least from 1963 to ’66), the Breezeway really set Mercury apart from the competition. It was a great idea in the days before air conditioning became commonplace.
However, the growing public acceptance of air conditioning and the development of improved ventilation systems dimmed the Breezeway’s luster, especially when it cost more than comparable fixed-window models. Still, the feature had its fans to the end, as Popular Mechanics showed when it published an owners’ evaluation of full-sized Mercs in its July 1968 issue.
“The slanted-in back window was wonderful for fresh air,” said a Texas rancher. “Would like the tilted-inward, full opening Breezeway I had on my ’64,” wrote an engineer from New York. But the winds of change had blown, and they weren’t going in the Breezeway’s direction.
Check out our final section for 1963-1968 Mercury Breezeway models, prices, and production.
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