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1953 Mercury Monterey

Sale price: $29,900.00 make an offer

Car location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Sale type: Fixed price listing

Technical specifications, photos and description:

Year:
1953
Mileage:
105514
Engine:
255 Flathead V8
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1953 Mercury Monterey for sale

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1953 Mercury Monterey Bittersweet Coupe 255 Flathead V8 105514 Miles
Stock #:
21GKM298
Exterior Color:
Bittersweet
Interior Color:
White
Body Type:
Coupe
Transmission:
Automatic
Engine:
255 Flathead V8
Mileage:
105,514
1953 Mercury Monterey

- Arizona Car
- 255ci Flathead V8 bored .30 over
- Automatic Transmission
- Side Pipes and Shaved Door Handles
- Classic Merc Hot Rod

(Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1953 Mercury Monterey on a website other than our Garage Kept Motors site, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of the car due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 145 photographs, as well as a short start-up and walk-around video, please go to our main website: Garage Kept Motors.)

"The (Mercury) name was selected by Edsel Ford, the only son of Henry. Mercury was the winged messenger and the god of commerce according to Roman mythology, symbolizing speed, skill, dependability, and eloquence." – Classics and Beyond, "History of Mercury Automobiles"

Hagerty gives some '53 Mercury history: "Ford completely redesigned its cars for 1952 (continued on the '53 models), including the Mercury lineup, and the cars now sported a taller, square shape with larger greenhouse. Front and rear glass was now curved, keeping up with the modernization of design, and an entirely new grille and brightwork were employed. The Mercury L-head eight-cylinder engine still displaced 255 cubic inches, but now produced 125 hp. For the first time in its two-year existence, the Monterey became its own model. ... Mercury Monterey(s) could now be ordered in more body styles, with a convertible and a sedan joining the popular... coupe. The sedan was priced at $2,115, while the coupe cost $2,225. In all, 24,453 Monterey coupes were sold and 5,261 convertibles."

Offered here is a 1953 Mercury 2-door hardtop in Bittersweet (orange) and white over the same two hues inside. This Arizona car has been well preserved, refreshed, and respectfully customized to serve as a reliable road car and a stunning show star. The overall look is of a period-correct custom build. The car's current odometer reading is 105,514 miles, or just over 1,500 miles per-year since new.

The design of the car's exterior reflects the exuberance of early-Fifties America. Not over-the-top, as some cars that would appear later in the decade, but rather a presence and flair that exuded stylish optimism. In this case, the combination Bittersweet orange under a white hardtop paint choice was perfect, and the condition of the refreshed paint finish across the entire body (as well as under-hood area, door jambs, and trunk interior) has been very well maintained. There is no obvious damage to any sheet metal panel. Rear fender skirts add to the sleek, horizontal flow of the basic design. Custom laker-style side exhaust pipes add flair. Exuberant-but not excessive-stock chrome brightwork, including the lower-front bumper, hood-scoop trim, bodyside trim, and cabin-glass trim, is in excellent condition overall, with very light and limited patina from age). The Monterey's beautiful sloping rear deck, chrome-surrounded taillights (with "blue dot" inserts), and "Mercury"-embossed chrome bumper make for an attractive rear-end combination. Dual exhaust tips are the final chrome signature. Cabin glass, including the curved windshield and rear window, is clear and undamaged; lighting lenses are clear as well. Emblems, badging, and exterior door handles have been removed from the body for a "shaved" look. Wide whitewall tires are mounted on the stock, orange-painted steel wheels with faux-spinner-style chrome full wheel covers.

Inside, it's clear the car's overall stock look has been maintained. Stylish original trim has been maintained throughout. Door trim, for example, incorporates (from top to bottom) body-color painted metal, orange cloth, chrome trim, and white vinyl in a delightful combination. Vertically pleated white seat upholstery is trimmed in orange. Cabin floors are covered in black carpeting (which continues with the same professional installation in the trunk). The driver's view through the stock steering wheel (with delicate horn ring and Mercury-logo center) is another perfect-Fifties design statement. A half-circle 110-mph speedometer is flanked by aircraft-like pull-levers for heating and ventilation, and the entire dashboard metal surface matches the exterior paint. (Auxiliary engine-monitoring gauges have been added below the dash as they might well have been back in the day.) The shifter for the automatic transmission is column-mounted. The center-dash features the radio speaker and an analog clock above the original, factory-installed AM radio (with chrome "flame" appliques added). Every surface in the cabin is free of wear or other damage. The signature of the professional who is responsible for the refreshed paintwork appears on the glovebox.

Under the hood, the 255-cubic-inch flathead V8 (bored .030 over) occupies a very clean and tidy engine bay. Twin 2-barrel carburetors with individual air cleaners rise above the engine. Chrome bits add style, and the flathead valve cover design is striking. All hoses and wiring are properly routed. Viewed from below, the chassis is complete and undamaged. The dual, full-length, performance exhaust pipes with cutouts for the side pipes are a focal point.

Vehicle Description

1953 Mercury Monterey

- Arizona Car
- 255ci Flathead V8 bored .30 over
- Automatic Transmission
- Side Pipes and Shaved Door Handles
- Classic Merc Hot Rod

(Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1953 Mercury Monterey on a website other than our Garage Kept Motors site, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of the car due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 145 photographs, as well as a short start-up and walk-around video, please go to our main website: Garage Kept Motors.)

"The (Mercury) name was selected by Edsel Ford, the only son of Henry. Mercury was the winged messenger and the god of commerce according to Roman mythology, symbolizing speed, skill, dependability, and eloquence." – Classics and Beyond, "History of Mercury Automobiles"

Hagerty gives some '53 Mercury history: "Ford completely redesigned its cars for 1952 (continued on the '53 models), including the Mercury lineup, and the cars now sported a taller, square shape with larger greenhouse. Front and rear glass was now curved, keeping up with the modernization of design, and an entirely new grille and brightwork were employed. The Mercury L-head eight-cylinder engine still displaced 255 cubic inches, but now produced 125 hp. For the first time in its two-year existence, the Monterey became its own model. ... Mercury Monterey(s) could now be ordered in more body styles, with a convertible and a sedan joining the popular... coupe. The sedan was priced at $2,115, while the coupe cost $2,225. In all, 24,453 Monterey coupes were sold and 5,261 convertibles."

Offered here is a 1953 Mercury 2-door hardtop in Bittersweet (orange) and white over the same two hues inside. This Arizona car has been well preserved, refreshed, and respectfully customized to serve as a reliable road car and a stunning show star. The overall look is of a period-correct custom build. The car's current odometer reading is 105,514 miles, or just over 1,500 miles per-year since new.

The design of the car's exterior reflects the exuberance of early-Fifties America. Not over-the-top, as some cars that would appear later in the decade, but rather a presence and flair that exuded stylish optimism. In this case, the combination Bittersweet orange under a white hardtop paint choice was perfect, and the condition of the refreshed paint finish across the entire body (as well as under-hood area, door jambs, and trunk interior) has been very well maintained. There is no obvious damage to any sheet metal panel. Rear fender skirts add to the sleek, horizontal flow of the basic design. Custom laker-style side exhaust pipes add flair. Exuberant-but not excessive-stock chrome brightwork, including the lower-front bumper, hood-scoop trim, bodyside trim, and cabin-glass trim, is in excellent condition overall, with very light and limited patina from age). The Monterey's beautiful sloping rear deck, chrome-surrounded taillights (with "blue dot" inserts), and "Mercury"-embossed chrome bumper make for an attractive rear-end combination. Dual exhaust tips are the final chrome signature. Cabin glass, including the curved windshield and rear window, is clear and undamaged; lighting lenses are clear as well. Emblems, badging, and exterior door handles have been removed from the body for a "shaved" look. Wide whitewall tires are mounted on the stock, orange-painted steel wheels with faux-spinner-style chrome full wheel covers.

Inside, it's clear the car's overall stock look has been maintained. Stylish original trim has been maintained throughout. Door trim, for example, incorporates (from top to bottom) body-color painted metal, orange cloth, chrome trim, and white vinyl in a delightful combination. Vertically pleated white seat upholstery is trimmed in orange. Cabin floors are covered in black carpeting (which continues with the same professional installation in the trunk). The driver's view through the stock steering wheel (with delicate horn ring and Mercury-logo center) is another perfect-Fifties design statement. A half-circle 110-mph speedometer is flanked by aircraft-like pull-levers for heating and ventilation, and the entire dashboard metal surface matches the exterior paint. (Auxiliary engine-monitoring gauges have been added below the dash as they might well have been back in the day.) The shifter for the automatic transmission is column-mounted. The center-dash features the radio speaker and an analog clock above the original, factory-installed AM radio (with chrome "flame" appliques added). Every surface in the cabin is free of wear or other damage. The signature of the professional who is responsible for the refreshed paintwork appears on the glovebox.

Under the hood, the 255-cubic-inch flathead V8 (bored .030 over) occupies a very clean and tidy engine bay. Twin 2-barrel carburetors with individual air cleaners rise above the engine. Chrome bits add style, and the flathead valve cover design is striking. All hoses and wiring are properly routed. Viewed from below, the chassis is complete and undamaged. The dual, full-length, performance exhaust pipes with cutouts for the side pipes are a focal point.

About Garage Kept Motors

 Garage Kept Motors, LLC specializes in classic and specialty online auto sales.

For our consignors, we are the only auto brokers that offer a Transparent Sale Disclosure. This means, when a car sells, we provide an exact copy of the Bill of Sale. We do this so our clients know exactly who bought their car, where it went, and most importantly how much we sold it for. No funny business.

For our buyers, our vehicles are listed on the Internet, with over 100 photos, including undercarriage pictures, and walk-around videos of the vehicles running plus a narrative-style write-up of the cars history and features. Our international exposure allows us to sell cars across the globe, and we sell a majority of them out of state and overseas. We deliver honesty and consistency in our photos and descriptions, a “no surprise” approach, so buyers, both near and far, can invest with confidence sight unseen. We are not a gallery. Vehicles can be seen locally by appointment as potential buyers are given our undivided attention.

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Garage Kept Motors, LLC, and our brother company Kliffs Classic Cars, LLC, strives to represent each vehicle accurately and honestly. We welcome third-party pre-purchase inspections on all purchases in our indoor, heated showroom. We take pride in our descriptions, photos, and videos but we are humans and ultimately not perfect. Unless otherwise noted, all vehicles are sold AS-IS with No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales are final. 

We do offer shipping within the continental United States. If you would like a shipping quote, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you.

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For purchases within the State of Michigan, we charge a $200 documentary fee plus sales tax (6%), license (depends on original MSRP and birthdate) or transfer fee ($8), and title fee ($15). For sales outside the State of Michigan, we only charge a $200 documentary fee on top of the sales price. A Bill of Sale will be provided so buyers can register the vehicle in their own state and/or country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you. 

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