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Mercury Montclair (1955)


Mercury Montclair (1955)

While overshadowed somewhat by its older brother, the 1949-1951 Mercury, the 1955 versions also offered custom potential, thanks to factory touches like the peaked headlamps, heavily chromed grille and fared-in rear arches. While sitting low as standard, this owner has gone further by fitting Camaro double wishbone front suspension and a live rear axle from the same car. However, instead of regular coil or leaf springs, a set of airbag springs have been installed. These can be controlled by an on-board compressor to raise or lower the suspension and give the car a ground-scraping look with the convenience of smooth driving, thanks to the whole body effectively riding on air. The original engine is long gone in favor of the cheapest and most tuneable engine, Chevy's 350ci (5.7-liter) V8. Other custom touches include a tuck x'n' roll interior, chopped roof, and extra grille teeth.

Mercury Montclair (1955) Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):9.3 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:350 ci (5,735 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:210 bhp (157 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque:285 lb ft (386 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:3,558 lb (1,617 kg)
Economy:16 mpg (5.66 km/I)
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