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1953 Mercury Monterey convertible


The Mercury convertible would make for a fine summer-evening cruiser

The Pick of the Day is the kind of stylish Mercury that comes to mind when you hear, “Crazy ‘bout a Mercury/Lord I’m crazy ‘bout a Mercury/I’m gonna buy me a Mercury/And cruise it up and down the road.”

The pale-yellow 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible advertised on is a “solid Southern California car” with a still-shiny older repaint, the Houston-based dealer says. The stylish ragtop comes complete with full wheel covers, fender skirts and wide-whitewall tires for a period look that still resonates today.

The swaths of chrome are said to be polished or replated

“It had spent some time in storage in California before it was pulled out of its slumber and refurbished for cruising duty,” the seller says.  “The previous owner stated that the 255 flathead V8 and automatic transmission were rebuilt 2,000 miles ago.  It sure does run like it!

“The front and rear bumpers were rechromed and the other bright work was either polished out or replaced.  The tan Hartz cloth top is power operated.  It has a clean and clear back window.  All of the gauges and lights appear to be in working order, even the rare GE front fog lamps.”

This pleasure craft looks ready for a summer-evening drive, the handsome styling certain to turn heads as it glides past. The Yosemite Yellow paint accentuates the jet-age look, with a yellow-and-black interior that looks to be in excellent condition.

Just over 56,000 miles is showing on the odometer, and the dealer says the car is ready to go with no major issues.

Priced at $39,999, the Mercury would be a fun classic to drive and enjoy, hunkered down behind the broad steering wheel with that special date or with a bunch of buddies on board. Cruisin’ up and down the road.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. Sorry but check your sources when you refer to any outside information.
    “Mercury Blues” is a song written by K. C. Douglas and Robert Geddins, and first recorded by Douglas in 1948.[1] The song, originally titled “Mercury Boogie,” pays homage to the American automobile. The song was also recorded by numerous other artists including Steve Miller Band (1967, David Lindley (My favorite-1981), the Finn Pave Maijanen (1987), Alan Jackson (1993), Meat Loaf (2003) and Dwight Yoakam.

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