In our first installment this week of September’s 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1956 Mercury Montclaire presented by nominee Dennis Effenbeck. Here is some general information about the vehicle.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for September’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
When talking about the premium automobile line from the Mercury division of the Ford company, it’s hard not to talk about the Mercury Montclair. While historians aren’t sure where the name Montclair came from, it’s generally believed that it was named after the upscale community of Montclair, New Jersey. This line of cars was first produced in 1955, but it’s the 1956 model that really steals the show.
Premium Choices at an Affordable Price
The Mercury Montclaire was designed as a luxury, full-size car. The 1956 model came in both a hardtop and convertible, and drivers could choose between four and two doors. Measuring at over 206 inches and sporting a wheelbase of 119 inches, this car was a beast. In fact, some models weighed as much as 3,725 pounds. Despite the magnitude of premium features, the car sold between $2,500 and $2,900 depending on the options chosen.
Power and Beauty
While the first thing most people notice about the 1956 Mercury Montclair is its stylish design, the car also had power to back it up. It came with either a 335- or 225-horsepower V8 engine. For a slightly higher price, buyers could also get this car in a three-speed automatic transmission, which was referred to as the “Merc-O-Matic.” It was the very first automatic transmission offered by any division of Ford.
The 1963 Mercury Montclaire By the Numbers
Car enthusiasts who want to buy their own Mercury Montclaire may be upset to find that it can cost a pretty penny. This is especially true for the convertible model since only 7,762 were made. The hardtop sport coupe is the easiest to find thanks to Mercury producing more than 50,500 of them. The hardtop sedan, while not as common as the coupe, is still easy to track down with more than 23,400 produced.
The 1956 Mercury Montclaire is a prime example of a time when manufacturers went the extra mile to make their cars stand out, which is why this one is a favorite for collector’s. Unfortunately, the car is becoming scarcer with every passing year. As a final word of warning for those who still want this car: Parts are becoming extremely expensive because they are even harder to find than the cars themselves.
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