Out Of The Wild: 1956 Mercury Monterey Wagon

1956 Mercury Monterey Wagon

You should never buy an old car that has sunk into the dirt. Well, there are exceptions to that rule and this 1956 Mercury Monterey could be one of them. It might still end up costing more to restore than it will ultimately be worth, but the end result will just look so cool! The shiny turquoise paint and faux wood trim will be very handsome indeed. But, you will need to pop out that huge dent in the roof first. Then you will need to replace the missing engine, transmission and title. Oh, and there is that problem of the car being located all the way up in wilds of Alaska. The reader who sent this in suggested that the brave soul who buys this project could make a vacation of it by traveling up by ferry and then trailering it down Alcan highway. If that sounds like fun to you, you can find it here on craigslist. Thanks for the tip ANCMatt!


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  1. Mike d

    it looks fairly solid, and would look super when restored, I hope somebody saves it .. but Alaska? being in the North east myself, even if I had the $$ I wouldn’t bother . a bill of sale by the owner w/ the VIN shouldn’t be a problem if someone wanted to make it road worthy the dent in the roof shouldn’t be that much of a problem, unless water collected in it, then one might have to deal with rust

  2. grant

    I love this purely for the reason that my dads first car was a 56 Mercury Monterey, and I’ve never know what it looked like really. His wasnt a wagon but now I have an idea. Cool.

  3. Jim

    We had a followup nickname for these Mercs back in 56. Ford advertising referred to them as the big M, we altered it to the big mistake. I had a 55 Montclair 2 dr. and though it was used I had a lot of trouble with it. Based on what I see I wouldn’t touch this with a 10 ft pole.

  4. Wade Anderson

    One like that sat in our backyard for a couple years when I was a kid in the sixties I remember it driving away under its own power

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