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1955 Mercury Models Described

The 1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley 2-door hardtop was pretty exotic for the times.
It sold in small numbers - 1,787 total. Perhaps the high price - with its base of
$2,712, equaling the convertible, turned people off.
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1955 Mercury - General

Mercury shared honors with Chevrolet as Motor Trend magazine's "Car of the Year". Since 1945, Mercury had been under combined management with Lincoln. Both became separate divisions in the spring of 1955. Three lines were now available with a new higher level series called "Montclair" set above the Monterey.

Mercurys were restyled for 1955. They were longer, lower, and wider but with enough resemblance to the 1954 models to maintain brand indentification. The bumper-integrated grille had three heavy vertical bars between the upper and lower bumper. The tall vertical taillights flared out at the bottom for a distinctive "chubby cheeks" look. All 1955 Mercurys featured a wraparound windshield and hooded headlights. The "Y-Block" V-8 grew to 292 CID and increased in power and torque.

The 1955 Mercury production rose to 328,808, up from 259,305 the year before. It was said that these additional sales resulted from the car being larger and closer to Lincoln, instead of the smaller-sized 1952-54 models which looked a bit too Ford-like.

1955 Mercury Custom - SERIES 5M

The Custom had slightly different side chrome than the other series. Its rear fender molding was plainer. The Custom station wagon did not have fake wood trim.  There were now four different Customs; a 2-door hardtop, a 2- and 4-door sedan, and a new all metal station wagon.

1955 Mercury Monterey - SERIES 5M

The rear fender trim was set lower on the Monterey than on the Custom. It also had chrome rocker panels and a bright band of molding under the windows. "Monterey" was written in chrome script on the front fenders of the sedan and hardtop while the Monterey script was placed on the rear doors of the station wagon. A round medallion was placed next to the nameplate.

The Sun Valley hardtop coupe and the convertible moved to the Montclair line. There were only a 2-door hardtop, a 4-door sedan, and a new all-metal station wagon in the line.

1955 Mercury Montclair - SERIES 5M

The Montclair line consisted of a 4-door sedan, a 2-door hardtop and the Sun Valley hardtop and convertible. The distinctive styling consisted of a round medallion and the model name "Montclair" on the front fenders. Montclairs also had a narrow band of chrome under the side windows which outlined a small panel.

The cars in this line were one-quarter inch lower than other Mercurys. The Sun Valley continued with the concept from 1954 of a tinted Plexiglas section over the front half of its roof.

Body Colors -

  • 01 Tuxedo Black
  • 03 Biltmore Blue
  • 04 Gulfstream Blue
  • 05 Kingston Gray
  • 07 Rockdale Gray
  • 08 Forester Green
  • 14 Springdale Green
  • 15 Canyon Cordovan
  • 16 Lime
  • 17 Tropic blue
  • 18 Yukon Yellow
  • 20 Arbor Green
  • 22 Alaska White
  • 24 Glen Lake Blue
  • 26 Sea Isle Green
  • 29 Carmen Red
  • 31 Persimmon
  • 203 Sunglaze

Upholstery -

  • Vinyl and cloth in closed models.
  • Vinyl and nylon in Convertible.
  • The Station Wagon used vinyl.

Mercury Engines -

  • Mercury Custom and Monterey OHV V-8. Cast iron block. Displacement: 292 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.75" x 3.30". Compression ratio: 7.60:1. Horsepower: 188 @ 4400 RPM. Torque: 272 @ 2500 RPM. Carburetor: Holley 4000 four-barrel.

  • Mercury Montclair OHV V-8. Cast iron block. Displacement: 292 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.75" x 3.30". Compression ratio: 8.5:1. Horsepower: 198 @ 4400 RPM. Torque: 282 @ 2500 RPM. Carburetor: Holley 4000 four-barrel.

Chassis - All Models -

  • Wheelbase: passenger Cars 119" Station Wagons 118"
  • Overall length: Passenger Cars 206.3" Station Wagons 201.7"
  • Overall height: Montclair 58.6" Station wagon 62.45" Others 61.2"
  • Front tread: 58.0".
  • Rear tread: 56.0".
  • Tires: 7.10 x 15 Wagon 7.60 x 15.

Powertrain Options -

  • A three-speed manual transmission was standard.
  • Overdrive optional
  • Merc-O-Matic automatic optional
  • The Montclair 198 horsepower V-8 was available at extra cost on Customs and Montereys with the automatic transmission.

Significant Options -

  • Fender skirts (on Custom).
  • Four-Way power seat.
  • Heater.
  • Power brakes.
  • Power steering.
  • Power windows.
  • Radio.
  • Solex glass.
  • Two-tone paint.
  • Whitewall tires.


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The 1955 Mercury Montclair convertible gained in popularity due to its upscale look with 10,668 produced.

The 1955 Montclair 4-door sedan was a late entry, but, even so, sold 20,624 units.

The 1955 Mercury Montclair 2-door hardtop was a flashy car, and sales reflected this with 71,588 produced.

The 1955 Monterey line was limited; however, the 2-door hardtop was still available. 69,093 were sold.

The Monterey 4-door sedan was the second highest seller in the 1955 Mercury line at 70,392 produced.

The 1955 Mercury Monterey station wagon was still wood-clad and was popular with 11,968 delivered.

Like the other lines, the 1955 Custom had its own 2-door hardtop. Perhaps its low option content drove people away with only 7,040 sold.

The 1955 Mercury Custom all-steel wagon was a reasonable alternative to the expensive Monterey unit, and 13,134 were delivered.

The 1955 Mercury Custom 4-door sedan was a solid value with 21,219 produced.

The 1955 Mercury Custom 2-door sedan was the lightest and most reasonable Mercury. With the optional 198 HP V-8, it was a lively performer which may have accounted for 31,295 sold.

The Mercury V-8 grew 36 CID in one year, and the hp jumped 37.


1955 Mercury Production - All Series








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