The 1952-1954 Mercury Monterey was a standout among early '50s Mercurys for exceptional styling and sound engineering, coupled with solid construction and high-quality fit and finish.

Monterey was a top-line subseries in 1952, then became a separate line (with a three-model Custom series further down the price scale) for 1953-54. Ford's flathead V-8 continued in the first two years, with its highest horsepower rating ever in Mercury tune. For 1954, the company's new Y-Block overhead-valve V-8 arrived with a five-main-bearing crankshaft and standard four-barrel carburetor.

After being a "little Lincoln" in styling and bodyshell for 1949-1951, Mercury again became more of a junior line in these years, with similar styling to Ford but on a three-inch longer wheelbase.

Pluses of the 1952-1954 Mercury Monterey:

  • Good looks
  • Quality
  • Reasonably quick for the period, especially with overdrive

Minuses of the 1952-1954 Mercury Monterey:

  • Slower to appreciate than concurrent Fords
  • Susceptible to rust in underbody areas

Production of the 1952 Mercury Monterey:

  • 4-door sedan: 30,000 (est.)
  • 2-door hardtop: 24,453
  • Convertible: 5,261

Production of the 1953 Mercury Monterey:

  • 4-door sedan: 64,038
  • 2-door hardtop: 76,119
  • Convertible: 8,463
  • 4-door wagon: 7,719

Production of the 1954 Mercury Monterey:

  • 4-door sedan: 65,995
  • 2-door hardtop: 79,553
  • Convertible: 7,293
  • 4-door wagon: 11,656

Specifications of the 1952-1954 Mercury Monterey:
Wheelbase, inches: 118.0
Length, inches:
202.2 (1952-53), 206.3 (1954)
Weight, pounds: 3,375-3,735
Price, new: $2,115-$2,776 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1952-1954 Mercury Monterey:

TypeSize Horsepower Years
sv V-8 255.4 125 1952-1953
sv V-8256
1611954

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