The greatest feature about the ’54 Merc has become practically extinct in today’s mundane, cookie-cutter vehicles, and yet it was one of the most appreciated…the front bench seat. Even the ’54 Chevrolet Corvette had a bench seat in those days, and the idea of splitting the front seat into buckets was still a radical idea. There is no greater feeling of happiness and accomplishment to a young guy than to be cruising down the road with the glass packed mufflers rumbling quietly, and at the same time getting the occasional whiff of your girl friend’s cologne and feeling her presence as she snuggles up next to you holding your right hand while you drive with your left. And of course, if the car happens to come to a stop on a bluff overlooking Galveston Bay, and the moon happens to be rising, and a gentle bay breeze happens to freshen the air…well, all the better. I felt that rush of happiness about 55 years ago with a young lady…and today I’m still happily married to her. In fact, I’d buy another car with a bench seat today if I could find one.