Classic By Any Other Name: 1963 Mercury Monterey

The Monterey is a long dead name from Ford that was used for their full-sized offering from the Mercury brand from 1952 through 1974. In case you live in a cave, the Mercury brand is also dead. But the 2-door Monterey was a badass looking machine in 1963, complete with an insane rearward (or forward…uhhh) raked rear window that defies all rules for rear window design. Find this 1963 Mercury Monterey bidding for $5,800 with 2 days to go, located in Oakland, CA via ebay.

From the seller:

1963 Mercury Monterey Breezeway
~Rare 2 Door Special Hardtop
~Z code 390cid V8 Motor
~Original Medium Rose Interior
~Original Pink Frost/ Castilian Gold Poly paint
NO RESERVE

Up for a NO RESERVE auction is a beautiful 1963 Mercury Monterey finished in a rare 2 tone combination of Frost Pink and Castilian Gold Poly. This “65B” 2 door Special hardtop coupe also known as the Breezeway was special ordered and sold new at Boone Town Ford in Olympia, Washington where it resided for over 40 years before it moved south to Oakland,CA. This car is a true survivor from a bygone era dominated by the international race to get to outer space. The rocket ship design cues are unmistakable, as well as the revolutionary flow through “Breezeway” cockpit. Almost 6 decades old this Breezeway has yet to reach the 100k miles milestone. The car still showing maintenance sticker in the door from 1967 when it had only 73k miles, 55 years later the car has 92,946 miles on it today.
This Mercury was special ordered with the rare color combination of a Frost Pink and Castilian Gold Poly. What makes it exceptionally rare is the fact, the only paint shop its been in was on June 19th, 1963 at the FoMoCo factory in St. Lois, MO the day it was built. This Mercury has the “Go” to go with the “Show”, equipped with the optional Z code “Thunderbird” 390cid V8 motor. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own a rare optioned unrestored unique piece of American automotive history an impossible car to duplicate.

Cosmetically this breezeway is a survivor. The body is straight and 100% original.. For the most part is a very solid car, however there is a some rust behind the rear wheel on the driver side. The original Pink Frost paint with the Castilian Gold Poly shines very nicely, being 1963 paint it would look new with a proper cut and buff. All of the original chrome bumpers and fixtures are in good shape and shine nicely. This is a complete car and nothing is missing. All of the original Mercury hubcaps looks great. The car has a new set of tires. All of the original glass is in good shape with no cracks.

Step inside this 63 Breezeway and you’re stepping back into time. The original Rose interior is in good shape. The seat upholstery has no rips or tears and are vibrant and plush. The original door panels look great with no rips pieces missing. The headliner has been removed. The padded dash has been removed. The rest of the dash looks fantastic and captures’ the early sixties styling exceptionally well. All of the polished gauges shine nicely and are functional. The radio and fans are functional. The rear window is not functional. The original carpet is in fair shape for almost 50 years old. Overall the interior is in good shape and the big important items like seats and door panels are original and really good shape

Mechanically the Z code Thunderbird 390cid V8 fires up and runs strong. There are no weird noises or leaks. The motor is a strong running 390 that has recently been pulled and refreshed. It will spin the rear tires easily and gets this big boat up too speed with ease. The car shifts smooth in both gears and reverse. All of the lights are functional. The brakes work as they should. This car is ready to cruise

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