The Mercury Montego made its American debut for the 1968 model year (it had been launched in Canada the previous season) and was the upscale Merc’ version of the Ford Torino. In addition to MX-trim four-door sedan and station wagon, there were a two-door hardtop and convertible, and a high-performance Cyclone-badged version available as a coupe or with a fastback roofline.
Mercury raced the Cyclone in NASCAR, posting seven victories, most of them by Cale Yarborough and the Wood Brothers team.
The seller notes that the car is a survivor with its original (and optional) 302cid V8, power steering, brakes, windows and convertible top mechanism, factory air conditioning and factory wheels. The seller further notes that according to the Marti Report on the car, it was the only MX convertible sold with such specially ordered slotted wheel covers bearing the Mercury-head emblem.
The seller is the car’s second owner. “We have had the frame repaired, new floor pans, new carpeting, new radiator, new convertible top with glass windows, rebuilt transmission, new water pump, new tires, new exhaust system and replaced radio to original,” according to the advertisement.
“Car is 90% restored and runs great,” the advertisement continues. “The only work needed is to replace the firewall and wire harness.”
The seller notes the car was featured in the July 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine, is “a true barn find” and comes with “complete family history” from North Carolina.
The car, which shows not quite 120,000 miles on its odometer, is in Morganton, North Carolina, and is for sale for $10,500.