‘Take the beauty and grace of a Mercury sedan… add a smart interior that’s tops for roominess and utility… and you have a completely versatile car – the Mercury Monterey Station Wagon‘. Well that’s what the original sales literature told us.
Actually it is quite true, a practical wagon with plenty of luxurious touches for the time.
This Monterey was the subject of a detailed frame off, nut and bolt restoration around 15 years ago. It has only covered just over 400 miles since then when the odometer was reset.
Outside, the lines of this wagon are enhanced by the mahogany-grained side panels.
Inside you’ll see one of two attractive two-tone interior trim combinations available that year.
There is plenty of cargo space with the seats down and and can haul around half a ton not that you’ll be likely to do in this beautiful showstopper. With the seats up this wagon is happy to carry up to eight passengers – great for those with a large family – the most precious cargo of all.
Under the hood sits the original 256 cubic inch V8 that outputs 161 horsepower – it was the only one offer from Mercury that year but was their brand new overhead valve engine for ’54. This was paired with a 3-speed manual transmission. The original owner of this car opted to pay $190 for a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission.
Other options on this car include: power brakes ($48), AM radio ($90), Merc-O-Therm heater and defroster ($74) and rear fender skirts.
Mercury managed to sell 11,656 of these Monterey station wagons for the 1954 model year at a base price of $2,776. It was also the most expensive model that Mercury had on offer that year.
This ’54 Mercury Monterey Wagon is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)