The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 123
1953 Mercury Monterey Two-Door Sedan

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1953 Mercury Monterey Two-Door Sedan


• Brilliant Yosemite Yellow paint finish
• The most advanced version of the flathead V-8 engine
• Clean chrome and trim throughout
• A highly original example in very fine condition

255 cid V-8 engine, 125 HP, three-speed manual column shift transmission, front independent coil spring suspension, rear longitudinal leaf springs, four-wheel power drum brakes; wheelbase: 118

Mercury got a styling and engineering redesign for 1952, as the division stepped up their game in order to move out of Fords shadow. Improvements included 18 percent more window area, and the heater and vent controls were changed to levers and placed on a plane set perpendicular to the dash behind the steering wheel, inspired by flight controls in large aircraft. Monterey became a separate series for the first time and was Mercury's top model line in 1953. A convertible and four-door sedan were included in the new series lineup, and Mercury sales began to climb.

This very original restored Monterey has gone through a comprehensive body-on restoration that shows great attention to the originality of the early Mercs. This two-door hard top is powered by a rebuilt Flathead V-8 with a two-barrel Holley carburetor and three-speed column shift transmission. The Monterey jumps to attention quickly and runs silently like a good Mercury should, and the car is equipped with factory power brakes. These are spacious, easy cruising cars that handle with ease and provide a very comfortable ride.

This example has a very solid body and is very straight throughout, with great panel gaps and lines that show easily on the Yosemite Yellow paint finish. The trim and chrome are likewise very sharp, with all the brightwork either highly polished or re-plated. The rubber meets the road with wide whitewalls and full chrome hubcaps, and its simply a beautiful presentation of a classic and popular Mercury body style. The interior is done in the black and white cloth and vinyl style, and the entire cabin looks like new. A clean dashboard with clear gauges is cleverly laid out, and theres plenty room for five in the spacious cabin. Everything operates properly, and this Monterey is a pleasure to drive. A Texas car, this 1953 Monterey remains in fine, stock condition throughout, and serves as a reminder of how great these Mercurys really are.

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