The Pick of the Day is a 1954 Mercury Monarch Lucerne Sun Valley, an actual barn-find survivor with a factory transparent roof panel and period customization that includes a continental-kit spare tire hanging off the rear.
“Rescued from a barn in the Indiana countryside, this Monarch is an incredibly rare car,” according to the O’Falllon, Illinois, dealer advertising the Mercury on ClassicCars.com. “Monarch was introduced in 1946 as a division of Mercury of Canada and produced cars until 1961.
“The 1954 Monarch you see here was one of only 200 Sun Valley glass-top cars ever produced, and according to one source, is one of only 10 cars that have survived the years!”
The 2-door hardtop is described by the dealer as an “amazing survivor,” although there is no word in the ad as to whether the Mercury is an all-original car that has somehow managed to remain intact over the decades, without restoration or revision. The paint and chrome look in the photos as if they might have been redone.
“This Monarch would make a great driver, or a solid and worthy platform to fully restore,” the dealer says.
The Mercury has 95,533 miles showing on its odometer, the dealer adds, and is powered by the correct 256cid V8 linked with a 3-speed automatic transmission.
“The most unique part of the car, the glass top, is in great shape, and free and clear of cracks, scratches, or blemishes,” the ad says. “You will never get tired of hearing people exclaim, ‘Wow! I’ve never seen one of those before!’”
The photos with the ad show the Mercury looking to be in great shape, with a solid body, presentable paint and nice interior. Distinctive stylistic touches differentiate the Monarch from its Ford sibling.
“Factory equipment includes Sun Valley glass top, power steering and brakes, power windows, a rear window wiper, dual mirrors and spotlights, am radio, fender skirts and a dealer-added continental kit,” the ad says.
The asking price for this rare Canadian Mercury with the see-through roof is $33,000.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.