Grandpa’s 19,619 Mile 1973 Mercury Montego


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If this is the kind of collector car you are interested in, I doubt that you can do better than this survivor, located in York, Pennsylvania. It’s listed for sale here on eBay where bidding is spirited already. The Montego MX was considered a “personal coupe” by FoMoCo and this one has not only it’s original records, spare tire and bill of sale, the “starting instructions” are still slid over the passenger visor! Apart from the air conditioning blowing warm, all of this car appears original and largely unmarked. The interior is in fabulous condition and the body has 100% of its original paint. What a great car to maintain and have fun with!

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  1. Moparman MoparmannMember

    OOOOH! A set of Cougar Magnum 500’s and then just cruise around in style!!! :-)

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  2. Vince Habel

    A nice smog era car. About 25 miles from me.

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  3. Sam

    My brother had a 73 Gran Torino Sport, which I believe is essentially the same car. Yep, it was a smog controlled car, but it was very nice. I almost flipped when he foolishly sold it for $350 back in 1980 (it was a #2 driver quality car).

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    • gplunk

      But back in ’80 everyone wanted a compact that got good mileage!

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  4. Todd Zuercher

    How does a car in Pennsylvania stay so nice and rust free?

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    • Mark B. Morrow

      19,000 summertime miles, I’m guessing. Fords of the early ’70s were particularly rust prone in PA due to the road salt used in the winter. I remember patching up rusted doors, fenders and quarters on ’72-’73’s in 1976.

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  5. memikeyounot

    I’d love that.especially love that color. I had a friend with a Gran Torino coupe of the same era and I was always jealous of him. And at the risk of sounding dirty-minded, I had to Google the term “rim-blow” steering wheel to find out what it was. I’d never heard of that before.

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    • JW

      Our 70 Mustang Mach1 came with a rim blow steering wheel it didn’t work so we replaced it with a Shelby wood wheel. The rim blow wheels tend to crack from age causing the rubber insulator to split which makes the horn useless and not cheap to get repaired because there are only a few people who can repair them.

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      • Mike Sidman

        I had an issue with rimblow on a ’73, and none of the ’73 Mercury 2 spoke standard wheels I found would match the blue original. But I did find a matching color ’76 2 spoke Mercury wheel, and voila, FIT, even though the design of the 1970-74 and 1975-79 were a little different. It still looked sharp, and no more issues

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  6. jim s

    if the reserve is not much higher this would be a great way into the hobby and daily driver. great find.

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  7. piper62j

    Swweeeett!!! Funny thing… The odometer numbers don’t all line up.. If the odometer was from the factory, all the numbers would line up even if it went around the clock several times.. Once those rollers are taken apart, the numbers never line up again..
    Very nice car though… One of my favorites..

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  8. Rex Kahrs Rex KahrsMember

    JW is correct, it’s hard to find someone to do a rim-blow.

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  9. Jim Marshall

    I started working in 1973 at a Lincoln/Mercury dealership and had one of these MX Broughams for a demo in 74. I really liked that car, plush interior, drove nice and comfortable seats. Ford got a lot of mileage out of that 1972 to 1976 Torino body.

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  10. Jeff Myers

    Sweet, and NOT green or brown 4dr!
    Last of the chrome bumpers.
    351C-2V still had some scoot.
    Nice to see ’70s cars gradually get some respect.
    Low mileage, red, 2dr, & disco styling make it easy.

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  11. '59FORDfan

    Kind of echoing Jeff M’s comment: this is the first, of the Montegos, of this period, which I have seen, that isn’t bronze(w/black vinyl roof) or, olive green(w/black vinyl roof)or, chocolate brown(w/black vinyl roof). I, never, have seen another, with this(great)exterior color. I, really, like it!

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