CALIFORNIA PRISTINE 1954 MERCURY MONTEREY CONVERTIBLE
A beautiful powerhouse from the Sacramento Ramshead Museum. The total nuts and bolts rotisserie restoration was completed by the Ramshead artisans in Sacramento, California. A spectacular original brilliant paint job, all trim and chrome was refinished back to as new quality. This car won the Ramshead Car of Month Award and the “Concours de’ Elegance People’s Choice Award.”
The Monterey Model was factory equipped with all the top line options:
POWER WINDOWS POWER BRAKES POWER STEERING POWER TOP
All power equipment works flawlessly with new motors wires and fused circuits. All the lights are now 12v powered by six Optima Batteries continually refreshed by a Genius Trickle Charger.
It has a brand new 1957 Ford Thunderbird 312 CI Y Block producing dyno recorded 278 HP at 5500 RPM on pump gas. A 1957 Ford Thunderbird engine delivers 245-250 HP. This Thunderbird engine is DYNO RATED AT 278 HP. It gets the extra HP using a Mummert intake manifold, Edelbrock Four Barrel electric choke carburetor, Pertronix electronic ignition with Flame Thrower Coil and machined dual exhaust maniford. It puts all the power down through a new GM 700R 4 speed with overdrive, Turbo Hydromatic transmission. It is a mating made in heaven. Smooth shifting. We solved the classic 312 overheating with a beautiful 6 blade Flex-a-lite Fan and a perfect fitting aluminum shroud. New mechanical water temperature gauge never over 140 degrees. Dual mellow exhaust system with a Silver Ceramic Coating exhaust manifolds lowering engine compartment temperature and improved corrosion resistance. Ceramic coating goes all the way back to the exhaust pipes and mellow mufflers. Beautiful.
Suspension includes a new Mustang II front suspension, Viking Performance adjustable front coil over shocks, front disc brakes, and new rear shocks. New Diamond Back Radials Front 215/75R/15 Rear 235/75R/15. < 100 miles-large white walls. Beautiful straight ride just like being on tracks.
This vehicle was not built to a predetermined price. All the parts and pieces were the finest available to build a fine, as new car. We have paid invoices totaling over $200K. All available including dyno graphs in the photo section. I did not expect this restoration to take this long or be this expensive and I planned on living longer to enjoy this master car. Regardless of price, we produced a fine result to be proud of. I am 88 and need to sell. $65,000 or reasonable offer. Come and drive it and listen to the engine talk to you. last fall, I drove this car on an almost empty freeway. Top down, right up next to the 3 foot high cement middle traffic barrier. listening to the hypnotic sound coming from the dual exhaust note at full song---must have put me in a mellow trance...I glanced at the speedo needle pegged at 115 mph with more to go. It was like magic. The car was not designed for racing but it can make you feel like an 18 year old SCCA applicant at your first driver's school.
Take the word of an Ex Skip Barber Race School Instructor at an SCCA National Race-Driver's school at Donnybrook International Raceway in the 70-80's, (Now called Brainerd International Raceway) to placate the locals who complained about the noise. We all loved it and you will too.
Dr. Jack (John) Zimmer
952 595 0427 [email protected]