The Mercury car model has been around since 1939 and was introduced as a mid range priced vehicle by Edsel Ford.
Cars built between 1949 and 1951, would in later years prove to be very popular amongst the Hot Rod Car Enthusiasts. They would reshape the steel to produce cars that would set a new standard for Customized Vehicles.
Early model Mercury cars of 1949 to 1951 had a 90 degree V type, "L" head 8 cylinder engine with a displacement of 255.4 cubic inches. These engines put out 112 horsepower at 3600 R.P.M. Later model cars of 1955 replaced the "L" engine with the "Y" block V-8 producing between 188 and 198 horsepower dependant on the engine type for that year.
This slide show is a part of a series of pictures of cars from different car shows that I've attended here in Southern California U.S.A.
The 1960s Classic Mercury Cars Channel covers popular antique Mercurys from the decade. Take a look under the hoods of 1960s classic Mercury cars.
In addition to the fuel crisis, 1973 saw major change to the Mercury line. In various forms, all Mercury cars were given . The full-size line was given a major restyling; while Ford (and later Lincoln) 2-doors would be given B-pillars, all two-door Mercurys would remain true hardtops.
The Mercury Montego was first introduced to the car market in 1968. The Mercury division of Ford Motors manufactured this line until 1976. It is assumed that the name is homage to the Jamaican city of Montego Bay. The Montego brand has actually been used in 1967 on the Meteor line, which was available in Canada as Meteor Montego. The Meteor Montego was the upscale trim of the Meteor line. After 1976, the brand was used for two years, in 2005 until 2007. The Montego in 1968 stood as an upgraded, more luxurious version of the Mercury Comet, until the Montego took over its slot in the line of Mercury cars when the Comet was discontinued the year after. The Montego also had a variant, the Cyclone, which was marketed as a high performance version, manufactured until 1971. The Montego's "cousin" in the Ford line is the Ford Torino, which like other Mercury-Ford cousins, share a platform and most of its features.