1965 Mercury Monterey Convertible – $3200

“1965 Mercury Monterey Convertible, Factory 4 speed toploader car, 390 v8, bench seat. A real rare and unique car to restore. I’ve talked with the Ford and Mercury Registries and they say its 1 of 17 cars built. The car runs but is in need of a restoration. Car came with 3.89:1 rear axle. Currently has Hurst shifter. 604-854-0244”

The Mercury Monterey is something of an enigma. Yet further proof that the American auto manufacturers’ product planners may have been the basis for the drunkards in Mad Men, it existed to fill a perceived niche not yet fulfilled by any of Ford’s sedans, nor it’s Lincoln products. That niche? The elusive full-size, mid-range, semi-luxury coupe market that was obviously floundering between Ford and Lincoln products. But perhaps we should be thanking those product planners, for it was their foresight (or constant inebriation) that led to what we now recognize as a downright ridiculous number of differing models and sub-models. And without that, we wouldn’t have ever seen the 1964 Mercury Monterey Convertible.

You see, the Monterey was initially designed to fill the semi-luxury coupe market, and it took a couple of years for FoMoCo to turn their quasi-Lincoln into a convertible. By the time this car was produced,the Monterey was already on its fourth generation, and had grown quite substantially. Subsequently, the Monterey was only available with a big block engine, making this 390 cube-powered behemoth actually one of the more entry level models. That said, the addition of the four speed manual gearbox will undoubtedly liven it up. Interestingly, whomever purchased the car initially must have had pretty potent sporting aspirations, between the four speed top loader and the 3.89:1 rear axle ratio (second only to the even rarer 4.11:1 in terms of performanc). Overall, it appears to be in decent shape, but as with any old convertible, car must be exercised to examine all the various hardware and pieces that go into making the top function, and there’s also the additional risk of rust due to some ill-fitting or torn tops.

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