With its cool coordination and a touch of custom flair, this 1953
Mercury Monterey convertible is a distinct and attention-grabbing
V8 cruiser offered at quite a nice price.
The first-generation Monterey really had a terrific premium flair.
You paid extra for a Mercury, and so they showcased this style with
plenty of chrome surrounding every inch. These really had a
distinct look with the grille and the bumper part of an integral
design. And you see the same in the rear where the ends of the
bumper expand to merge with the hint of tailfin. And even the
brightwork details are great, like the full-length trim, hood
ornament merged with a hood scoop, and factory wheel covers with
bright red rings drawing attention to the Mercury logo center. You
can see all of this so vividly because this was restored later in
life. So, the factory-correct Siren Red provides a clean perfect
canvas to showcase all these details. More than just a great total
presentation, these are rare. Less than 8,500 convertibles were
made in 1953, and how many do you think survived to look this good
65+ years later?
The white roof is a great coordinating color against the red paint.
And if you like the way this color combo looks, then you're going
to love taking it down to show off the cool custom interior. Both
rows of seats have a red and white tuck-n-roll style pattern that's
the exact kind presentation the best custom cars got in the 1950s.
And with the full side panels done to match, it really has a
distinct and vintage look. The smooth red dash, bright white boot
cover, and clean red carpeting complete this well-coordinated
style. This has more vintage appeal with the artful steering wheel
and controls that flank the speedometer for a true 1950s jet age
style presentation. This Mercury's premium side is shown again with
the rare power windows option. And if you get the power convertible
top serviced (currently it operates manually) this would allow you
to go from enclosed comfort to wind-in-your-hair experience without
ever leaving the driver's seat.
The Ford/Mercury flathead V8 is always a great sight to see.
Everything looks quite tidy here, including the bold blue block and
those dual hoses doing a 90-degree dive into the motor. In fact, it
has a period-correct full appearance and the consignor states it's
the original powerhouse. The push-button start awakens this
legendary V8 with ease, and it makes the right hint of rumble from
the glasspack-style dual exhaust. It has a smooth-shifting
automatic transmission, and the Mercury's easy cruising nature
means features like power steering and power brakes.
We were told this was an Arizona car most its life, and this has
the clean look to support the look of a desirable desert classic.
So you're looking at a solid presentation of a drop-top classic
with plenty of distinction. Call now!