Muscled-up ’54 Merc convertible

Muscled-up ’54 Merc convertible

Pick of the Day has Thunderbird engine

With snow still swirling and so many outdoor events canceled due to cold weather, friends in the Midwest and Back East contend it’s not really late April, but something like the 115th of January. But warm weather will be coming and one way to enjoy it would be the Pick of the Day, a 1954 Mercury Monterey convertible.

The car is being offered on ClassicCars.com by a private seller who may be only the second private owner of the car, which spent part of its life in the Ramshead Collection Museum in Sacramento, California.

According to the seller, the car retains its California “black plate,” and the car “came to us in beautiful condition with not a trace of rust or previous damage… A true Museum Piece of automobile history.”

Except that since acquiring the car, the seller has removed the original 256cid V8 and replaced it with a “brand new” 312 V8 from a 1957 Ford Thunderbird. Why? Lots more horsepower.

The seller adds that both the engine and Mercomatic transmission have been recently reworked by a machine and restoration specialist shop. The engine also has a new chromed Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and John Mummert intake manifold. 

“This Mercury Monterey Convertible is a very rare American Classic; only 7,293 were produced and this is the 2,880th car built in Los Angeles,” the seller notes. 

“This car has an in-dash clock (resists keeping time in spite of two new quartz replacements), a working original push button radio, a working heater and defroster/ventilator controlled by air craft style levers. The fuel, amps, temperature and oil pressure gauges and 110 mph speedometers all work well. The in-dash instruments are nicely illuminated by a rheostat knob. Turn signals are operative.”

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The advertisement includes a long list of the vehicle’s features, such as power brakes, new rear shocks, power steering, power seats (with new motors), power convertible top (with new motor), new exhaust system, etc.

“Delightful highway driving as well as in-town street driving; the car seems like it’s on rails. It drives straight and smooth. It is a genuine pleasure to drive.”

The car is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The asking price is $80,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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  • James Shipp
    October 8, 2018, 5:37 PM

    Hello Larry….

    I have a good body of a 1954 Mercury Monterey without motor, transmission drivetrain. I am new at rebuilding a car, I have acquired a complete 1989 Ford LTD Crown Victoria that I wish you use as a donor for the car. This LTD has a 302 V8 and I need advice on how this motor will work?

    Thanks for any help you can give…

    James.

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    • Mark Richards@James Shipp
      January 14, 2019, 9:28 PM

      Why not? The 302 is good motor. It should drop right in.

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