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1956 Mercury Monterey

The 1956 Mercury Monterey was similar in appearance to the prior year's model. Body styles included a sedan, station wagon, 4-door hardtop sedan, 4-door sport sedan, and a hardtop coupe. The most popular body style was the hardtop coupe with a total of 42,863 examples built. Power was from an overhead valve V8 engine displacing 312 cubic-inches and offering 210 horsepower. A three-speed manual transmission was standard with an Overdrive and Merc-O-Matic Drive automatic optional.

The Monterey line came with a fair amount of chrome trim around the side windows, rocker panels, and the side body molding. Above the front wheels was the word 'Monterey.'

The 'Big M,' as it was nicknamed in 1956, began showing greater attention to the station wagon market. Up to this point, Mercury had never really pursued the station wagon market to the same extent as its sibling Ford. In the lower-mid-level Custom series there were six- and eight-passenger models; in the upper-middle Monterey trim level had a wood-trimmed eight-passenger style. The bulk of the sales were Customs with around 17,800 examples built. A total of 13,280 examples were sold in the Monterey line.

by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019

Related Reading : Mercury Monterey History

An automobile marque of the Ford Motor Company, Mercury was founded in 1939 with the purpose to market entry-level-luxury vehicles that were slotted in between Ford-branded regular models and Lincoln-branded luxury vehicles. All Mercury models are today based on Ford platforms. The Mercury name is derived from messenger of the gods of Roman mythology. In the beginning years, Mercury was known for....
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1956 Vehicle Profiles

1956 Mercury Monterey vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Ford's Lincoln-Mercury Division built Montereys in their St. Louis, Missouri plant from 1950 to 1974 both as 2-door coupes and 4-door sedans. The 1956 model was the last of the first generation of Montereys - the only significant development over the....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe

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1956 Monterey
1956 Mercury Monterey Price Range: $2,550 - $2,975

$2,630 - $2,898

Model Year Production

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
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)172,087
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)310,387

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