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1958 Mercury Models Described


The 1958 Mercury Park Lane convertible was the most expensive model in the line at $4,118 base price. Only 853 were sold in this recession year.
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1958 Mercury - General

Model names again changed. The Medalist returned in mid-year as the entry Mercury, the Monterey and Montclair remained in their positions, and the new Park Lane replaced the Turnpike Cruiser at the high end with the Turnpike Cruiser now a model in the Montclair series. Again, the station wagons were their own line with the Commuter, Voyager, and Colony Park.

The 1958 Mercury grille was now divided into two sections and was still enclosed in massive bumpers. A chrome 'M' was placed in the center of the grille. The sculptured rear fenders from 1957 remained, but the "V" shaped taillights were altered with a "projectile light" as part of them. The hood and fenders were changed somewhat for 1958.

The new "MEL" series 383 and 430 CID engines were introduced this year. It was an all new design that featured a rugged bottom end and a unique combustion chamber in the block rather than the heads, which were flat. The combustion chamber was achieved by milling the block at 60 degrees rather than 90 degrees to the crankshaft centerline. The piston determined the compression ratio.  Only one percent of all 1958 Mercurys came with a manual transmission and/or overdrive.

Mercury production for 1958 dropped by more than half from 1957--to 133,271 from 285,502. The recession was in full swing, and the Edsel had been introduced, slotted right below and overlapping somewhat Mercury's sweet spot, lower mid-priced cars. The Park Lane was introduced at a time when high-end luxury cars weren't selling. Ford Motor Company had gambled that the mid- and upper-price market would continue to expand--their heavy investment in this arena almost crushed the company.


 

1958 Mercury Medalist - SERIES 8M

The 1958 Mercury Medalist was a mid-year introduction in an attempt to save the sales year for the division. The Medalist was a no-frills Mercury. The problem was that the model had competition from Edsel's Pacer and even Ford's Fairlane 500. The Medalist was so plain that even the side window trim on the car was painted. There was "Medalist" in block letters as model identification located on the forward part of the front fenders. The Medalist was equipped with the 312 CID V-8.


1958 Mercury Monterey - SERIES 8M

A single full-length chrome strip, which started at the headlights, was used on Monterey wagons and two-door hardtops. An extra trim piece, running parallel to the first, extended from the front fender to slightly past the front doors on four-door styles. The rear bumper pods contained concave dividers. "Monterey" was placed on the on the front fenders in block style. The Monterey was fitted with the 383 CID V-8 as standard with the "MEL" 430 CID V-8 as optional.


1958 Mercury Montclair - SERIES 8M

Distinguishing features of the Montclair were two full-length side chrome strips, with silver trim between them, and chrome headlight rims. "Montclair" in block letters was placed in the silver trim piece at the beginning of the front fenders.

The Turnpike Cruiser was now part of the Montclair series, and it continued to feature an overhanging rear roof, retractable rear window, and twin air intakes on the roof above both sides of the windshield. The Monterey was fitted with a higher HP 383 CID V-8 as standard with the "MEL" 430 CID V-8 as optional.


1958 Mercury Park Lane - SERIES 8M

The new Park Lane was introduced as competition to Buick's Roadmaster.  The distinct styling features of the Park Lane were front fender ornaments, rear roof panel gold "Park Lane" nameplates in script (front fender on the Convertible), chrome headlight rims, and rectangular pattern trim in the rear bumper pods. Like the Montclair, the Park Lane convertible had a Plexiglas wraparound rear window. The 430 CID MEL engine was standard.


1958 Mercury Station Wagons - SERIES 8M

The 1958 Mercury wagons were based on the Montclair line in styling and interior trim. The Colony Park had simulated wood trim. All models featured a pillarless hardtop look. The Commuter and Voyager were available in 2- and 4-door configurations.


Body Colors -

  • 01 Tuxedo Black
  • 07 Marble White
  • 15 Parisian Green
  • 16 Emerald
  • 17 Holly Green
  • 30 Vineyard Blue
  • 31 Jamaican Blue
  • 45 Flamingo Red
  • 55 Silver Sheen
  • 56 Oxford Gray
  • 66 Autumn Beige
  • 75 Mayfair Yellow
  • 87 Shadow Rose
  • 93 Golden Dust
  • 97 Twilight Turquoise
  • 99 Burgundy  


Upholstery -

  • Leather in the Park Lane series
  • Vinyl and cloth in most closed models.
  • Vinyl and nylon in Convertible and Station Wagon.


Mercury Engines -

  • Mercury Medalist V-8. Cast iron block. Displacement: 312 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.80" x 3.44". Compression ratio: 9.7:1. Horsepower: 235 @ 4600 RPM. Torque: 325 @ 2600 RPM. Carburetor: Holley 4000 four-barrel.

  • Mercury Monterey and Commuter V-8. Cast iron block. Displacement: 383 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.29" x 3.29". Compression ratio: 10.5:1. Horsepower: 330 @ 4800 RPM. Torque: 405 @ 2900 RPM. Carburetor: Holley 4000 four-barrel.

  • Mercury Montclair, Voyager and Colony Park V-8. Cast iron block. Displacement: 383 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.29" x 3.29". Compression ratio: 10.5:1. Horsepower: 330 @ 4800 RPM. Torque: 425 @ 3000 RPM. Carburetor: Holley 4000 four-barrel.

  • Mercury Park Lane. Turnpike Cruiser and Optional Montclair V-8. Displacement: 430 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.29" x 3.70". Compression ratio: 10.5:1. Horsepower: 360 @ 4600 RPM. Torque: 480 @ 3000 RPM. Carburetor: Holley 4000 four-barrel.

  • Mercury M-400 Optional OHV V-8 - All Series. Cast iron block. Displacement: 430 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.29" x 3.70". Compression ratio: 10.5:1. Horsepower: 400 @ 5000 RPM. Torque: 500 @ 3200 RPM.  Carburetors: Three Holley 2300 2-barrels. Merc-O-Matic transmission mandatory.


Chassis -

  • Wheelbase: Park Lane 125" All Others 122"
  • Overall length: Park Lane 220.2" Station Wagons 214.2" All Others 213.2"
  • Tires: Convertible Park Lane and Wagon 8.50 x 14 All Others 8.00 x 14


Powertrain Options -

  • Three-speed manual was standard on station wagons, Medalists and Monterey.
  • Overdrive and Merc-O-Matic automatic transmissions were optional on Medalists and Monterey.
  • Merc-O-Matic was standard on the Montclair.
  • Multi-Drive automatic was standard on the Park Lane.
  • The 360 horsepower 430 cubic inch V-8 was optional on the Montclair.
  • The M-400 400 horsepower 430 cubic inch V-8 with three two-barrel carburetors was optional on all series.
  • Dual exhausts were a $32.30 option.


Significant Options -

  • Air conditioner and heater ($458.75).
  • Electric clock ($15.10).
  • Heater and defroster with climate control ($109.49).
  • Heater and defroster, manual ($91.40).
  • Padded instrument panel ($21.50).
  • Power brakes ($37.70).
  • Power lubricator ($43).
  • Power retracting station wagon window ($32.30).
  • Power seat, 4-Way ($69.90).
  • Power steering ($107.50).
  • Power windows ($107.50).
  • Radio, Push Button ($100).
  • Radio, with electric antenna ($149.50).
  • Rear speaker ($16.20).
  • Seat cushions, foam rubber  ($21.50).
  • Seat-O-Matic Power Seat ($96.80).
  • Speed limit safety monitor ($12.90).
  • Tinted glass ($34.40).
  • Two-tone paint ($17.20).
  • Wheel covers ($12.90).
  • Whitewall tires 8.00 x 14, Nylon four-ply ($67.40);
  • Whitewall tires 8.00 x 14, Rayon four-ply ($41).
  • Windshield washer ($14).


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The 1958 Mercury Park Lane 4-door hardtop was very close to the convertible in price but more practical and sold 5,241 this year.

The 1958 Park Lane 2-door hardtop had disappointing sales with only 3,158 delivered.

The 1958 Montclair convertible was also a poor seller with only 844 delivered.

The 1958 Montclair Turnpike Cruiser 4-door hardtop sold surprisingly well with 3,543 produced.

The 1958 Montclair Turnpike Cruiser 2-door hardtop was also a surprise with 2,864 sold.

The 1958 Montclair 4-door Hardtop sold less than the Turnpike Cruiser version. Only 3,609 were made.

The popular Montclair 2-door hardtop was a surprise, being the best seller in the line with 5,012 delivered.

The usual top dog in sales, the Mercury Montclair 4-door sedan, came in second in 1958 with 4,801 made.

The 1958 Mercury Monterey convertible was the best-selling of that body style with 2,292 sold.

The 1958 Mercury Monterey 4-door hardtop was a disappointment with only 6,909 delivered.

The 1958 Monterey 2-door hardtop outsold the 4-door by almost double with 13,693 produced.

The 1958 Monterey 4-door sedan was the winner in the line with a reasonable 28,892 made.

The 1958 Monterey 2-door sedan was also a disappointment in sales at 10,526, but with the M-400 430 CID V-8, it could motor.

The 1958 Mercury Colony Park wagon sold well for a vehicle with a $3,775 base price, and 4,474 were produced.

The 1958 Mercury Voyager came in 2- and 4-door versions. Only 3,088 were sold total.

The 1958 Mercury Commuter was the least expensive wagon and was available in 2- and 4-door versions. A total of 10,513 were made, making it the most successful model wagon.

The 1958 Mercury Medalist was a mid-year inclusion and no brochure was ever issued. It was available in 2- and 4-door sedan models and was almost barren of trim. A total of 18,732 were produced. It didn't help much, but it made a point - the recession was

The Mercury M-400 430 CID V-8 was the first regular issue U.S. engine with 400 HP, and, with over 500 ft-lbs of torque, it was a serious performer!

1958 Mercury Production - All Series

 

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