Presenting a veryoriginal '52 Monterey, which is in excellent condition. Solid from top tobottom: The sheet metal, floors and frame are all good, there's no bad newsanywhere. This particular '52 Mercury was displayed in a museum for yearsbefore undergoing a mechanical refresh. Today, it's ready to be driven, shown,and enjoyed. This was the first year the Monterey was available as aconvertible. Under the hood is a 255 CI Mercury flathead V8, which is marriedto a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. The car has an in-dash clock and pushbutton radio, chrome windshield frame and beltline trim, and both front andrear bumper guards. On the outside are front driving lights, classic full sizewheel covers, and Wide Whitewall tires. Finished in Lakewood Green paint with aGreen top. Boot Green leather interior and White inserts, Aircraft-style levercontrols for the heater/defroster and ventilation controls. In the dash sits a110 MPH speedometer with temperature, fuel, oil and battery gauges. The new model Montereywas part of Ford's company-wide redesign project. The Monterey became its ownmodel in 1952, one year after its initial introduction. It was produced with ataller and more squared shape than the 1949-51 Ford and Mercury models. Thiswas the most expensive Monterey available in 1952, priced at $2,370. TheMonterey's tasteful styling features a full width front grille, quarter panelbright trim, and imitation front and body side intake grilles.