Mercury Monterey Station Wagon
While Mercury never pursued the station wagon market to the same extent as its sibling Ford, the “Big M,” as it was nicknamed in 1956, made a bold showing in the segment. There were six- and eight-passenger models in the lower-mid-level Custom series, and a wood-trimmed eight-passenger style in upper-middle Monterey trim. While the bulk of the sales were of Customs, some 17,800 in all, the Monterey made a good showing with 13,280 units, not as good as Pontiac, whose wagons were cheaper, but much better than archrival Oldsmobile, which offered no wagons at all in 1956. Neither Dodge nor DeSoto even came close.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
235 bhp, 312 cu. in. ohv V8 engine, three-speed Merc-O-Matic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel