Feature Vehicle of the Month
‘56 Mercury Monterey Phaeton
The Monterey was introduced in 1950 in response to GMs’ previous modelyear hardtops. This model would be a high-end two-door coupe as partof the Mercury Eight series. For $2146 you could have a canvas coveredtop or vinyl for $2157 with standard features such as leather faced seats,simulated leather headliner, wool carpets, interior chrome-plated garnishmoldings, two-toned dashboard, special black steering wheel, fender skirts,dual review mirrors outside, full wheel covers and gold winged hoodornament and for only $10 more you could opt for all leather seats.Monterey sales were few in numbers that year!
In 1952 Monterey became a separate series and top model line for Mercury. The Monterey recieved a styling and engineering redesign and a convertibleand four-door sedan was introduced to the lineup. 1954 saw the introductionof a new 161 hp overhead valve Ford Y-block V8 along with a Bubble-top (theMonterey Sun Valley similar to the Ford Crestline Skyliner) and otheralterations, such as new lower taillights.
For 1955 Montclair replaced the Monterey as Mercurys’ top model and alsogained thunderbirds 292 cu in Y-block engine producing 188 hp w/standardtransmission or 198 hp w/Merc-O-Matic. Brake size was increased and aindependent ball-joint front suspension added.
1956 saw another new engine, a 235 hp 312 cu in, along with lifeguardsaftey equipment, deep-dish steering wheel and saftey door locks. Thisparticular model being presented this month is a 1956 Monterey Phaeton,an all original 2nd owner car w/only 47,980 miles and in its 60yrs withonly the fornt seat covers and new radial tires have been replaced. Not onlyis everything original and works (even the radio), this is 1 of 80 Mercury’sgiven away by the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 - How About That!!!
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
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