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.... Continue Reading >>
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]
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]
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1958 Mercury Montclair Production Figures
2-Door Turn Pike Cruiser 2,864
Turn Pike Cruiser 3,543
Hardtop Sedan 3,609
Hardtop Coupe 5,012
133,271 total vehicles produced by Mercury in 1958 The 1958 Mercury Montclair accounted for 15.5% of Mercury's 133,271 production.