"This car had the wings of mercury"
Bronze of Mercury by Giambologna
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In Roman mythology, Mercury was the messenger of the gods.  He wore winged sandals on his feet, and was also the god of trade, merchants and travel. His Greek counterpart is Hermes.

Mercury is often depicted carrying a rod entwined by two serpents (sometimes surmounted by wings) known as a caduceus.