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Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 56LA20367M

Mercury restyled their lineup for 1955, making them longer with lower styling themes. The top-of-the-line Mercury was the Montclair. It had a modern overhead valve V8 engine, glamorous two-tone paint treatments, and multiple standard and optional a....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 56ME48811M

This 1956 Mercury Montclair 'Restomod' Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $20,000 - $30,000. It was offered without rese....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe

This 1956 Mercury Montclair Hardtop Coupe has traveled just over 11,000 actual miles, and other than a recent repaint, is in un-restored, original condition.....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 56LA35957M

The 1955 Mercury lineup was freshly restyled with a longer, lower styling theme. The top-of-the-line model was the Montclair which featured a powerful and modern overhead-valve V-8 engine, two-tone paint treatments, and a plethora of standard and opt....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 56LA20367M 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 56ME48811M 
Hardtop Coupe
 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 56LA35957M 

History

The top of the Mercury line in 1956, the full-size Mercury Montclair was created under the Mercury Marque. The Montclair was introduced to be included in Mercury's premium automobile line.

Though not much evidence exists to support this, the name is believed to have been derived from an upper class community of Montclair located in New Jersey.

With a distinct design feature that set it apart and designated it a part of the Montclair series, the vehicle had contrasting color panels that ran beneath the side windows. The Montclair showcased some of Mercury's best features including the two-tone paint combinations and the additional chrome trim.

The vehicle came with the option of the Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. It also featured a 312 cubic inch V8 Engine and a 4 barrel carburetor.

Founded by the Ford Motor Company in 1939, Mercury had begun with the ideal to design and manufacture semi-luxury vehicles. Mercury's original major success has been attributed to the Ford Marque in the early 50's as it stretched and lowered then existing Ford platforms which in turn generated superior results from their target markets.

From 1955 to 1960, the Mercury Montclair was both manufactured and sold by the sole Mercury Division and from 1964 to 1968 by Ford's Lincoln-Mercury Division.

Upon the introduction of the Mercury Turnpike cruiser in 1957, the Montclair name had the distinct misfortune to be pushed down the market until 1958.

The Montclair was discontinued in 1961, yet was resurrected for the 1964 model year until it was once again retired at the end of the 1968 model year.

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