Alternative gear shift levers through the years

1957 Lincoln-Mercury pushbutton trans

1957 Lincoln Mercury pushbutton gear shift control

Ford Motor Company responded to Chrysler’s lead and introduced their own pushbutton transmission gear selector on 1957 Lincolns and high-end Mercury models such as the Monterey. Like Chrysler’s, buttons pushed mechanical linkages that moved an actual rod that selected gears, and there was no complex electric engagement like Packard’s.

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