Mercury Montclair Convertible

In 1955, Mercury’s lineup was restyled with longer and lower bodies, and included the Custom and Monterey as well as the new Montclair series. With a fashionably low overall height, the Montclair was available in four body styles including the sole convertible offered by Mercury. Fresh styling and mechanical improvements earned the company Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year” award in 1955, which it shared with Chevrolet.

The Montclair featured an attractive, narrow color panel surrounded by chrome trim below the side windows, as well as bright rocker trim panels. In addition, a round medallion was placed near the tip of the front fenders, while the model name was written in chrome script just above the mid-body spear. The car was also longer than its predecessors, with a more robust chassis design as well as a powerful V8 engine, enlarged to 292 cubic inches of displacement and producing 198 horsepower with a standard dual exhaust system. Pioneering road tester Tom McCahill of Mechanix Illustrated achieved zero-to-sixty times of less than 13 seconds, earning “hot car” status for the Montclair.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

198bhp, 292 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle and four-wheel power assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 119".

Source: RM Auctions

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