1954 MERCURY MONTEREY CONVERTIBLE found its way to me from the Ramshead Collection Museum located in Sacramento, California. A few years back it was the Ramshead Collection 'Car of the Month'. The Ramshead Collection is a private Museum in Sacramento designed by Sherman Warren. After a complete mechanical rebuild and an original repaint and re-chrome of all the trim this car was displayed in the Museum. This car remains listed in the Ramshead Collection web site under “View the Collection-Gone But Not Forgotten” sub title. The California “Black Plate” remains on the car. I was unable to trace the plate back to the original owner but it appears that we were the second private owner of the car. It came to us in beautiful condition with not a trace of rust or previous damage history. A true Museum Piece of automobile history.
We removed the under powered 256 CI, 161 HP for a brand new 1957 Ford Thunderbird 312 CI, which delivers 278.5 HP at 5500 rpm as dyno tested on pump gas at Wheeler Dyno Service (Test papers available) This adds 117.5 HP or a 73% gain in power. This power increase makes the car com alive. The 312 CI engine fits nicely in the same motor mounts as the 256 CI. Both the engine and Mercomatic Transmission have been recently totally rebuilt by Headquarters Machine and Restoration. We added a new chrome Edelbrock 4 barrel carburetor and a John Mummert intake manifold. This Mercury Monterrey Convertible is a very rare American Classic; only 7293 were produced and this is the 2880th car built in Los Angeles. 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.
This Mercury Monterey Convertible has;
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. This 1954 Mercury Montery Convertible can dual as a Trophy Pulling Show car or a daily driver. It is indeed a genuine joy to drive and it acquits itself well in town or highway driving. All the restoration invoices are available for your inspection. Price reduction to $80,500. As new, finest quality.
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