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Hardtop Coupe
Chassis Num: 56LA20367M
 
Sold for $23,100 at 2009 RM Auctions.
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 amenities.

This example is a 1956 Mercury Montclair two-door hardtop coupe. It has been given a ground-up restoration and finished in red and white two-tone paint scheme. The interior features red and white dash and door panels, two-tone seats, black carpeting, a clock and a pushbutton-operated AM radio. The 312 cubic-inch V8 engine is mated to a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. Other features include power steering, power brakes, and a dual exhaust system.

In 2009, it was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $35,000 - $45,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $23,100 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis Num: 56ME48811M
 
Sold for $9,900 at 2007 Worldwide Auctioneers.
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 reserve. Power is from the 292 cubic-inch V8 engine capable of producing nearly 200 horsepower. There is an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drum brakes.

The hot-rod scene began with the pre-WWII cars with running boards and simple fenders over the wheels. In many cases the fenders were removed entirely and often replaced with light cycle-style fenders. Under the bonnet was the most power and lightweight engine available fit snuggly in an equally lightweight frame. In most cases the suspension was modified and the car was lowered.

This vehicle began as a stock 1956 Mercury Montclair, but during some part of its life was mildly customized. The engine was given some 'hot-rodding' care, a glass-pac , muffler was adapted to produce thunderous rumble when the throttle was pressed, and some very interesting and attractive paint accent and glass etchings were applied.

This car was estimated to sell for a low value of $20,000. The high value was placed at $30,000. There was no reserve placed so the high bid was the winning bid. Including buyer's premium, the selling price was $9,900 meaning the buyer received a bargain.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011
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.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011
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.

By Jessica Donaldson
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