Mercury Monterey Custom S-55 – 1962

Mercury Monterey Custom S-55 - 1962

Ford’s entry-level luxury marque was missing something, and the wide, long low, well-chromed Mercury Monterey Custom S-55 arrived in mid-1962 to rectify the omission. The general intention was to grab a piece of the action that was developing around sportier models in the early ’60s and the particular task was socking it to the successful Pontiac Grand Prix, which was just such a car.

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Mercury 1949

Mercury 1949

Edsel Ford created Mercury in 1939, to fill the gap between Ford’s regular models and the company’s Lincoln luxmobiles. The two divisions were merged after World War II to create the Lincoln-Mercury Division, to stress the fact that the Mercury should be seen as a ‘junior Lincoln’ rather than ‘senior Ford’.

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