1960 Frontenac // Mercury/Meteor/Frontenac (Photo: Ford)

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1960 Frontenac

Ford's middle brand had a few Canadian exclusives of its own, none more numerous than the Mercury M-Series pickups sold from 1946-'68, which were nothing more than rebranded F-Series. Also, the Ford Pinto-based Mercury Bobcat bowed in 1974, a year before it was available in the U.S. Like GM's Acadian and Beaumont lines, the Meteor brand was created to give Canadian Mercury dealers a lower-priced offering. The Meteor Niagara and Rideau sold from 1949-'61 while the Montcalm, a rebadged Ford Galaxie, arrived in 1959 and stopped in '61 when Ford pulled the plug. Meteor was revived in 1965 with the same nameplates, but added the range-topping Montego in '67, which was renamed the LeMoyne from 1968-'70. Meteor also tried its hand with trucks, offering its version of the Ford Ranchero for 1957 and '58. The Frontenac - another brand unto itself and sold through Mercury dealers - was a one-year wonder ... Based on the then-new Ford Falcon in 1960, the Frontenac was similarly offered in two- and four-door configurations. It was replaced by the Mercury Comet in '61.