"Available now is this eye-catching 1957 Mercury Montclair sporting a loud two-tone paint scheme of black and hot pink. This Montclair sits on chrome American Racing wheels and will certainly cause heads to turn driving down the street. Powered by the 351 V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission which has been changed from the push button to the floor shifter. While this car does run and drive, it is a project and will need some mechanical and cosmetic TLC to make completely roadworthy.
Mercurys were completely restyled for 1957. For the first time, the brand had bodies that were exclusive to it and not based on Fords or Lincolns. A concave vertical bar grille, front hinged hood, 'V' shaped taillights, upper rear fender and rear deck sculpturing, and cowl vent intakes were several of the new features.
The front bumper was massive with two huge ""intakes"" cut into each side. A chrome 'M' was placed between the grille and bumper. Early models had two headlights; later ones had four. The rear bumper mimicked the front; however, it was set to look like there were ""exhaust"" vents. The tail lights were angled triangles set in a abbreviated concave rear ""wing-like"" top of the quarter panel where ""Mercury"" in individual block letters was set.
Mercury was the official pace car at the 1957 Indianapolis 500 race.
The Montclair was now the middle series. Chrome headlight rims, ""Montclair"" nameplates on the upper front fenders, and an emblem ornament on the rear shelf of sedans and hardtops were the main differences between Montclairs and Montereys.
Country Classic Cars started as a weekend hobby for a Midwest farmer. He soon found his passion for classic cars and trucks turn into a growing business. The owner worked as a mechanic for several years before becoming a farmer. Not only did he have the knowledge but also the desire to take classic cars, fix them, and sell them to others that dreamed of owning a classic but did not have the time or expertise to make it happen. Once this idea caught on, Country Classic Cars realized that this passion had a potential to become a way of life. The next step was obvious; when a piece of land along Interstate 55, just off the path of Historic Route 66 became available, Country Classic Cars made the move by acquiring the land which has plenty of room for not only a large display of classic cars and trucks, but also a garage/service area, inside showroom, and a historic gift shop. COUNTRY CLASSIC CARS 2149 E. Frontage Rd. Staunton, IL 62088 PH: (618) 635-7056 | FX: (618) 635-6287 Email Us! [email protected] HOURS: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-3pm; closed Sunday.