Mercury Montery: In the post-war years as the Baby Boomers were starting to walk and talk, the Ford Motor Company was working to fill the huge demands of growing families across the United States. The Mercury division of Ford rolled out the Mercury Monterey, a full- size car model. Though the name and concept of the vehicle began two years before its official debut as its own series, the Monterey was introduced in 1952. Both a convertible and a four-door sedan version were available in the first model year.
With a 118 inch wheelbase, this car weighed in at nearly 2 tons, this model was both affordable and respectable in the car world. The Mercury Monterey had a 125 horsepower rating, but an engine upgrade a few years later added around 40 more horsepower. In 1952, the price of a brand new Mercury Monterey was $2,115, which equates to around $18, 300 today.
By the time the Monterey saw its demise in 1974, it had become one of Ford’s best selling models, and during the course of its lifetime, the car and its engine continued to grow and create a bigger splash on the market. In 2004, the name was used for a new Ford vehicle, but this time for a minivan.