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For Sale: 1954 Mercury Monterey in Minnetonka, Minnesota

Vehicle Description


This pristine one private owner Mercury Montery found its way to me from the Ramshead Collection Museum located in Sacramento, California.  It was the Ramshead Collection 'Car of the Month'. The Ramshead Collection is a private Museum in Sacramento. After a complete mechanical rebuild by the best technical team in California and an original repaint and re-chrome of all the trim, this car was displayed in the Ramshead Museum. The California “Black Plate” remains on the car.  I was the the second private owner of the car. It came to me in beautiful condition with not a trace of rust or previous damage history. A true Museum Piece of automotive history.

We removed the under powered 256 CI, 161 HP for a new 1957 Ford Thunderbird 312 CI, which delivers (LOTS MORE MUSCLE THAN THE ORIGINAL 256 CI)  278.5 HP at 5500 rpm as dyno tested on pump gas at Wheeler Dyno Service (DynoTest papers available) See the dyno testing process in the photo section.  A Pertronix Electronic Ignition System and Flame Thrower Coil was added. 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 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 speedometer all work well. The in-dash instruments are nicely illuminated by a rheostat knob. Turn signals are operative. 

  • New BeCool radiator.  The largest one that would fit in the original space. 
  • New Mustang II Front Suspension. Front Power Disc brakes & Viking Performance Coil-over front Adjustable shocks.  
  • Power brakes; new rear shocks and brakes.
  • Power Steering
  • Power seats-all new motors
  • Power Windows-new or rebuilt motors
  • Power Convertible new top. 
  • New Top motor.
  • Six Ultima batteries wired in parallel to produce 6 volts and high amps for easy starting power. Genus Trickle Charger-24 Hour
  • Classic Mercury Monterey full wheel covers. Newly refinished. 
  • Brand new Diamond Back Radials.  Purchased 01Jul 2018 and have less than100 miles
  •      Rear: 235/75R15 DB II 3.75" extra wide white walls.
  •      Front: 215/75R15 DB II 3.25" extra wide white walls.
  • Recent overhaul of the Mercomatic Transmission by Hage & Kobany. 
  • Installed new German Velour Carpet and pad
  • All new dual mellow exhaust system  
  • Polished and Finned Thunderbird Valve Covers and Timing covers
  • Original push button radio and new antenna 

           New Edelbrock Chrome 4 Barrel Carburetor on CAD John Mummert Polished Intake Manifold 

As New, Finest Available: REDUCED PRICE. $65.000 Call Jack Zimmer, 952 595 0427: Cell 612 503 0506 . Old age and a long list of debilitating infirmities forces a reluctant sale. Come make a deal before I tip over.  Also look for more photos and tech info at:, Craig's List MN, and Ebay Motors. This car on the highway or in town street driving, the car seems like it's on rails. It drives straight and smooth.  Use as a trophy grabbing show car or a bitchin street car. 

I have invested over $100,000 in this restoration using only the finest items I could buy. If you as a buyer, do not see the value in this car, then forget about a purchase.  If there is not a happy buyer for this car by the end of this motoring season, then it will be placed in storage for one of my eager and mostly penniless Grandchildren.  This car will not be sold for less than the final reduced price of $65,000.   












Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1019845
  • Price:$65,000
  • Location:Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Year:1954
  • Make:Mercury
  • Model:Monterey
  • Exterior Color:Yellow
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:58500
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Stock Number:CC-1019845
  • Trim Level:Monterey stylish trim-chrome-stainless.
  • VIN:54LA28800M
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • AM Radio:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Power Windows:Yes
  • Power Seats:Yes
  • Electronic Ignition:Yes
  • Engine History:Replaced
  • Engine Condition:Running