1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley

Montclair was Mercury's top-of-the-line series and brand new for 1955. And within that series was the Sun Valley moved from the Monterey series - a convertible influenced hardtop that was first introduced the previous year.

Featuring a transparent, plexiglass top covering the front half of the roof, it gave a new experience in driving with much more of the outdoors entering your range of vision. This 1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley in Alaska White is one of only 1,787 cars produced that year.

1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley

Tinted Plexiglass roof

The downside of the plexiglass top is that it would cause a heat buildup inside the car.

1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley - side view

Side view

The Montclair sat slightly lower than other Mercurys giving it a more sporty look.

1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley Interior

Two-tone interior - note the 3-tier fan-shaped gauge cluster

Power comes from a 292 cubic inch Super-Torque V8 engine (new for 1955) with a 4-barrel carburetor. This is paired with the optional Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission and bringing the purchase cost when new, up another $190. Dual exhaust was standard in Montclair.

Further options on this particular car include power steering ($108) and power brakes ($45).

Mercury made just 1,787 Montclair Sun Valley cars for the 1955 model year. They had a base price of $2,712 and were exactly the same price as the convertible. Sadly the Sun Valley wasn't to last and it was discontinued the following year.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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