Mercury Monterey Convertible

In 1953, Mercury shared many styling elements with Lincoln and the bodies were closely related to Ford models, with the exception of a three-inch longer wheelbase that was reflected in the proportions of the hood and front fenders. The 1953 model year also marked the end of the venerable flathead V8 engine in Ford and Mercury passenger cars, the ultimate statement of one of the most famous, successful and celebrated automobile engines ever created. In fact, many of these beloved engines have long since been “liberated” by enthusiasts to power a variety of hot rods and customs, and many continue in use today.

The compact 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. It is interesting to note that one particular 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible also marked an important milestone as the 40 millionth vehicle built by the Ford Motor Company.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.

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

Source: RM Auctions

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