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1962 Mercury Monterey Convertible Headed To Mecum Orlando

Our feature 1962 Mercury Monterey convertible has been the subject of a recently completed restoration. The Monterey’s original sheet metal was repainted in a glossy Ocean Blue, its original factory color. The paint looks to have been done with significant care to preparation and application. Chrome bumpers have been either re-plated or replaced, as has the balance of the chrome trim. Stainless trim is equally brilliant, having been polished to a high standard. Custom five spoke wheels with argent gray centers and polished lips have replaced the painted steel originals, and are shod in low-profile radial rubber. The white vinyl power convertible top is new with the restoration.

Inside, the Mercury Monterey is covered in two-tone blue vinyl trim. There is no sign of wear on the front bench seat, nor would any be expected with the restoration having been completed just four hundred miles ago. Carpets appear to be fresh, with no stains observed. The blue dash features a substantial polished panel that runs the width of the car and houses the gauges, radio, and glovebox. Gauge lenses are clear and gauge faces are sharp, easily legible. The three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in vinyl comfort tape, likely to add some thickness. Glass is clear throughout, with no nicks or cracks noted. Tinted side windows are operated by manual cranks, and vent windows are the push-out style. The factory AM radio has been replaced by a Classic Audio stereo with Sirius/XM/Bluetooth connectivity. A blue parade boot can be used to cover the convertible top when lowered.

The well-detailed engine bay of the Mercury Monterey is home to the numbers-matching 390 cubic-inch V8 making 300 horsepower. Moving power to the rear wheels is a three-speed Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. The Monterey is equipped with power brakes, but no word on if those had been updated to modern units.

This 1962 Mercury Monterey convertible will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Orlando, Florida event taking place July 6th through the 9th.

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  1. David Dickinson

    Looking at this classic car, it is easy to understand the demise of American sedans (yeah, this vehicle is a convertible). You could easily fit 6 people in this vehicle…and there is plenty of room in the trunk. In modern sedans you are lucky to fit 4 people and 3 grocery bags in the trunk. IMHO, the SUV craze is simply the natural result of sedans that are too small. You can fit a family and its stuff in an SUV and you can’t do that in most sedans anymore. This is also the reason the Crew Cab pickup is so popular–it is the perfect dadmobile.

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  2. MarkV

    But sedans, coupes, convertibles have something the suv’s and trucks don’t have and never will have…….STYLE, individuality, distinction. You can’t make a suv or truck look pretty otherwise it looks like an egg.

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