1963 Mercury Monterey S-55 Convertible

The completely restyled Monterey sat at the top of the line for Mercury in 1963 with the S-55 being the special performance series. It offered the luxury of the Monterey Custom plus some “sports car” features such as: a more powerful engine, deep-contoured bucket seats, floor console that included a storage compartment, padded instrument panel and special interior trim.

Much like the Ford Galaxie 500 also had the 500XL, the S-55 was Mercury’s equivalent. It was set to compete with cars such as the Buick Wildcat, Dodge Polara, Oldsmobile 88 and Pontiac Star Chief & Bonneville.

This 1963 Mercury Monterey S-55 Convertible is mostly original and presented here in its original color Pink Frost Metallic, which was the slightly darker of two pinks available that year.

A the rear Mercury had moved back to three taillights per side as they had in 1961. 

1963 Mercury Monterey S-55 Convertible
Rear view with the triple taillights

The interior is in great shape and presented in Medium Rose.

1963 Mercury Monterey S-55 Convertible Interior
Medium Rose interior

Under the hood there is a Marauder Super 390 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor outputting 300 horsepower paired with a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission.  The latter was standard although buyers could opt for a 4-speed manual at no extra cost.

Mercury produced just 1,379 Monterey S-55 Convertibles for the 1963 model year at a base price of $3,900 – that’s around $600 more than the Monterey Custom Convertible of the same year. Also added to this car when it was originally built in Wixom, MI where options including power steering ($82), power brakes ($43) and push-button AM radio ($59) were added.

Between all four S-55 models, Mercury sold 8,762 cars.