Mercury Monterey Special Custom Convertible

Produced by the Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company, the Mercury Monterey was first introduced in 1950 as an entry level two-door luxury hardtop, and with the introduction of a convertible for the 1952 model year, the Monterey remained Mercury’s top model line until 1955.

The Mercury Monterey convertible neatly bridged the market gap between the more modest Ford models and the big, luxurious Lincoln. The 125-horsepower V8 gave excellent performance while the larger and more luxuriously trimmed body appealed to a more discerning market. Astonishingly rare today, the Monterey convertible accounted for less than three percent of total Mercury production and only about one-fifth of the production of Ford’s own Sunliner convertible. Consequently, survivors are hard to find and are avidly sought after by collectors.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

125 hp, 255 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live axle rear suspension with leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118"

Source: RM Auctions

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