It's always nice to see a beautiful car in original condition. Like they say, "it's only original once!". With only 36,000 miles on the odometer, this 1962 Mercury Monterey Custom 2-door Hardtop in Champagne (a beautiful honey beige color), certainly looks amazing.
Sharing their body with Ford, Mercury cars were distinguished by using different trim. Take a look at a Ford Galaxie from 1962 and you'll see how close they look albeit with a different grille, rear bumper and taillights. But boy, those taillights certainly add to the look and are probably one of the most striking features of the car.
The Monterey was the biggest, most luxurious Mercury. Or, as Mercury put it, "The best-looking buy for the big-car man." It measures 215.5" long with a wheelbase of 120" and is 79.5" wide.
The Custom was an interior / exterior package offering enhancements over the standard Monterey. This included a rectangular chrome trim identification piece on the forward part of the front fenders, padded dash and V8 engine (292 cubic inch) as standard.
The stunning two-tone beige interior looks like it's hardly been sat in.
If you are familiar with the 1962 Ford Galaxie this dash / instrument cluster will look very familiar.
This car was "upgraded" at the time of purchase to a 352 cubic inch V8 Marauder engine with 2-barrel carburetor and is paired with the Multi-Drive automatic transmission. This was a $269 option on the Monerey Custom.
The Monterey would have been pitched against cars like: Buick Invicta, Dodge Custom 880, Oldsmobile 88 etc.
Mercury made 10,814 Monterey Custom 2-door hardtops (style number 65B) for the 1962 model year at a base price of $2,972. This car was built in the Mahwah, NJ assembly plant and came with an additional $682.90 of extras / options - these included the engine upgrade, automatic transmission, power steering, wheel covers, windshield washer, front floor mats and undercoat.
While not an amazingly popular car at the time, we feel that they have been a little overlooked in the market place. Much of that was probably due to Mercury struggling, at the time, to find their place against their Ford siblings. What we have here is a beautiful car with some nice, distinctive touches.