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1960 Mercury


The 1960 Mercury Park Lanes displayed the most brightwork, including rocker panel moldings that extended through fender skirts and across the quarter panels to meet the vast taillight housing. A sharp creaseline above the rocker panel reached over the front wheel. Five trim pieces ahead of rear wheel openings identified the Park Lane; three such strips went on Montclairs; none on Monterey.

A column-shift three-speed was standard on the 1960 Mercury Monterey; Montclairs came with Merc-O-Matic, with Park Lanes adding Multi-Drive to the automatic. Mercury's ladder frame had bowed box-girder side rails, with convertibles adding X-type center reinforcement.

Convertibles were offered in the 1960 Mercury Monterey and Park Lane lines, while Commuter and Colony Park station wagons (the latter sided in woodgrain) formed a series of their own. Prices ranged from $2,631 for a Monterey two-door sedan to $4,018 for the luscious Park Lane ragtop.

A diverse color selection included 15 Super Enamel monochrome hues and 35 two-tone combinations. Options ranged from power steering at $106 and a four-way power seat for $76.50, to air conditioning at $471. Lesser-ranked Mercurys could step up to Multi-Drive Merc-O-Matic (with dual drive ranges) in exchange for extra dollars.

Substantial size translates to ample weight, and Mercury was no exception. A Park Lane convertible tipped the scales at 4,500 pounds; the Colony Park wagon added a few more.

Even with all that heft to haul, performance wasn't too bad. Motor Trend evaluated a Montclair with the 310-bhp, 430-cid V-8 and optional Multi-Drive Merc-O-Matic. Taking off in D-1 Range yielded a 0-60 time of 12 seconds flat, while the quarter-mile demanded 17.7 seconds at 76 mph. Using D-2 range took an extra 1.1 seconds to hit 60 mph, and the quarter-mile lasted 18.6 seconds (75 mph).

Reaching the 154,000 mark, full-size Mercury production was up a few thousand from 1959. As it would turn out, however, this was to be the last Mercury with a distinct identity. Starting in 1961, Mercury would shrink to a 120-inch wheelbase and amount to little more than a restyled, posher, and more costly Ford -- just as it continues to be today.

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