312ci OHV V8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
258bhp at 4,600rpm
3-Speed Merc-O-Matic Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs, Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Strong V8 engine
*Great color combination
*Sure to be a star at any Cars and Coffee
THE MERCURY MONTCLAIR
The full-sized Montclair was Mercury's Top of the line series for 1956, and its two-door hardtop coupe was the top of that line. "Long and low" was how Montclairs were described in a factory brochure. Powered by a 312-inch "Y-block" V8 with a four-barrel carb, its 258 horsepower fed through a three-speed automatic. It could travel both urban streets and Interstates with aplomb and contemporary tests showed it capable of sub-10-second sprints to 60 and a top speed over just over a hundred miles an hour. Montclairs were adorned with a lot of chrome, with a long, distinctive "Lightning Bolt"-shaped spear along each flank, usually set off by contrasting paint colors above and below. They effect was spectacular, to say the least. There was a new three-tiered instrument panel and a deep-dish steering wheel, introduced as Ford began to emphasize its new occupant safety effort. Both the windshield and backlight were wrap-around glass. Ford records show that Mercury built more than 50 thousand Montclairs in 1956, making it the company's best-selling model. They had a base price of $2765, but such options as an automatic transmission, power steering, an AM signal-seeking radio, and tinted glass would have added to the bottom line. One special, rarely-seen version was the Sun Valley, with a dark green-tinted Plexiglas panel that comprised the front half of the roof.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This is one of the prettiest 1956 Mercuries we have ever seen. With its stunning two-tone color combination of Persimmon Orange and White with a black and white vinyl interior, this Montclair two-door hardtop should stop traffic wherever it appears. It is fitted with rear fender skirts, a popular look for the day, along with whitewall tires and full wheel covers. Nicely restored as presented, it would need very little to bring its appearance to full show condition.
Please note, the estimate for this lot is $30,000-40,000 and title is in transit.