1956 Mercury Monterey
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1956 Mercury Monterey, Vintage 390CI powered Lead Sled!

Cars from the Fabulous Fifties offer audacious lines, "gee whizz" gadgetry, and definite curb appeal driving down any boulevard or parked at any cruise in. Sometimes the technology of the era leaves the driving experience something to desired. Some take a classic beauty like this and transform it into full sized car art, which again isn't practical for the street. Although this Mercury Monterey appears original, it is a mild custom. This vehicle has been professionally inspected by an independent 3rd party professional as a condition of consignment.

This is a very cool Mercury with a unique history. It is a one owner car and originally sold new in Hollywood, CA. The owner used it as his weekend drag racing toy at the Saugus and San Fernando drag strips. He continued to race the car until 1987 when he retired it and put it in storage. In 2000, he undertook a full frame-up restoration that took two years to complete and was done to a very high standard with the correct interior, redone original chrome, original AM radio, original heater, fender skirts and more. 62,923 original miles.

This '56 Merc was purchased in January 2008 and promptly fitted with a newly rebuilt 390CI Ford V8, kept cool with a custom built heavy duty radiator and matched to a later model 3 speed Ford automatic transmission. For creature comfort in the California heat, the current owner also added Classic Auto Auto Air air conditioning. The refreshed interior trim is a correct reproduction in factory yellow and gray, which offsets the black exterior very well.

Under the same owner's care, since April of 2009, the car has only logged 300 miles since the driveline and mechanical upgrade. Tastefully personalized, grab the deep dish steering wheel and go! This Mercury full-sized top model is ready for where your imagination will take you.

Principal Use

Seasonal Driver

Conditional Grade

Very Good
70%-79% of as delivered condition. All equipment is working as designed, the patina of normal aging and wear is evident but even in all areas, consistent with a well-maintained car, driven on a limited basis and indoor storage.

Overall Originality

Restomod

A mostly outwardly stock appearing car, usually restored with drivetrain and performance components upgrade with bolt-on performance enhancing parts. Could extend to a full drivetrain and suspension swap working within the constraints of the stock frame and sheet metal. These modifications are largely reversible without cutting or welding.

SYA's 5 Keys to Investment Collectability

* 300 miles on a mechanical refresh and driveline swap

* Reliable Power with a vintage Ford 390 V8 Big Block

* Keep Cool with newly installed Classic Auto Air

* Stunning Black over Yellow and Gray Interior

* Current owner purchased and kept this car in California

* Climate Controlled Storage, Professionally Maintained

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
390 Ford
Fuel Specification

Body

Body Color
Black
Body Style
Hardtop
Doors
Paint Type

Basic

Year
1956
Make
Mercury
Model
Monterey
Miles
63,636
Stock
472

Interior

Interior Color
Yellow
Secondary Interior Color
Black
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Vinyl & Cloth
Shifter Type
Column
Center Console
No
Engine Size
390 Ford
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Body Style
Hardtop
Principal Use
Seasonal Driver
Conditional Grade
Very Good
Overall Originality
Restomod
Current Location
COSTA MESA, CA 92626

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