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1958 Mercury Montclair

American cars of the 1950s were highlighted by excessive use of chrome, gadgets, tail fins, jet-age styling, and bright colors. Mercury Montclairs, introduced in 1955, were the company's mid-range car, available to those with deep pocks and a yearning for style and elegance. They were equipped with Mercury's finest accouterments with extra chrome trim, jet-inspired design cues, and two-tone paint combinations. Full-length side chrome strips with silver trim between them, and chrome headlight rims, helped distinguish the Montclair from the other 1958 Mercurys.

1958 Mercury Montclair body styles included a sedan, hardtop coupe, hardtop sedan, hardtop coupe, and a convertible, with prices ranging from $3,240 to $3,600. The Turnpike Cruiser was offered in both 1957 and 1958 and was inspired by an auto-show concept car of the same name. They were built to celebrate the Interstate era, offering both style and power. The Turnpike Cruiser joined the Montclair line in 1958 and was offered in both hardtop coupe and hardtop sedan body styles. A total of 2,864 examples of the two-door Turnpike Cruiser and 3,543 of the four-door Turnpike Cruiser were built.

The overhead valve 383 cubic-inch V8 had five main bearings, a Holley four-barrel carburetor, and delivered 330 horsepower at 4,600 RPM. A Merc-O-Matic automatic was standard. The largest rendering of the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) design to date was the 430 cubic-inch engine with 360 horsepower. A three two-barrel carbureted version with a special intake brought horsepower to 400 bhp and was the first American engine to have a factory rating of 400 hp. Bill Stroppe's West Coast shop was tasked with developing these engines, with the special intake reportedly cast for Mercury by the Mooneye company and a unique polished-aluminum air breather designed by Hot Rodder Lynn Wineland. These engines were offered as a dealer-installation option before being factory installed. It is believed that 100 examples of these special 430 cubic-inch engines were built that year, which could have been optioned onto any Mercury vehicle.


by Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2020

Related Reading : Mercury Montclair 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 Mercurys 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....
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1958 Vehicle Profiles

1958 Mercury Montclair vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: M8WB527967

The 1958 Mercury Montclair was available as a hardtop coupe, hardtop sedan, sedan, convertible, and the 2- and 4-door Turnpike Cruiser. The base engine was an overhead valve V8 displacing 383 cubic inches and developing 330 horsepower. The Turnpike C....[continue reading]

1958 Mercury Montclair vehicle information

2-Door Turn Pike Cruiser

The Mercury Turnpike Cruiser, offered in both 1957 and 1958, was inspired by an auto-show concept car of the same name. This celebrated the dawn of the Interstate era with power and style. The '58 version joined the mid-range Montclair line, and was ....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: M8WB527967 
2-Door Turn Pike Cruiser
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$335-$3,235
1958 Montclair
$3,600-$18,600
1958 Mercury Montclair Price Range: $3,235 - $3,600

Other 1958 Mercury Models
$3,865 - $4,115

Montclair

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
104,667
119.00 in.
8 cyl., 292.00 CID., 198.00hp
$2,630 - $2,710
91,434
118.00 in.
8 cyl., 312.00 CID., 205.00hp
$2,630 - $2,898
75,351
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 312.00 CID., 255.00hp
8 cyl., 368.00 CID., 290.00hp
8 cyl., 368.00 CID., 335.00hp
$3,190 - $3,430
20,673
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 383.00 CID., 330.00hp
8 cyl., 430.00 CID., 360.00hp
8 cyl., 430.00 CID.
$3,235 - $3,600

Industry Production

#1#2#3Mercury
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)301,581
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)341,366
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)317,351
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)271,331
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)150,000
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)133,271
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)286,163
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)327,943
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)329,808
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)259,305
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)305,863

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