1964 Mercury Breezeway
The 1964 Mercury Breezeway marked the company's 25th anniversary with a reshuffled roster of full-sized cars.
A pair of nameplates last used in 1960 -- Montclair and Park Lane -- were revived, the former replacing the Monterey Custom and the latter on a new top-line series. The S-55 was dropped, but its bucket seats and floor console were continued as Park Lane options.
Tweaks to the 1964 Mercury Breezeway included pointed
front fenders, a convex grille and ovoid taillights.
The number of Breezeway models now came to eight, a decline of one. All three series listed a four-door sedan and two-door hardtop, but now the only Breezeway four-door hardtop was found in the Park Lane range. Monterey continued to host the sole Breezeway two-door sedan. Meanwhile, the Marauder count shot up to six with each series offering both a two-door model and a new four-door version.
Obvious external tweaks included pointed front fenders and a convex grille in front, plus ovoid taillights. Breezeway roof-pillar trim was slightly reshaped, too. The lineup of 390- and 427-cid V-8s was continued, though a 266-bhp 390 was added as standard for Montereys and Montclairs ordered with the optional Multi-Drive Merc-O-Matic transmission.
With the expanded line of Marauders catching the eye of an increasing number of Mercury shoppers, Breezeway orders tapered off substantially. However, considering that total big Mercury production fell to 110,342, Breezeways still accounted for a fraction more than half of all the ’64s built.
At the time, the Breezeway had some unique variants in Canada. The first was a budget series that undercut the 1963 Monterey. Known as the Mercury 400, it was available only as a two- or four-door sedan. Among its cost-cutting measures was an undivided fixed-position backlight. (Also, the retractable rear window was an option for Canadian base Montereys, a departure from their U.S. counterparts.)
The 400 and Canadian Monterey also used Ford’s 223-cid six -- it was standard in the 400, optional in the Monterey -- and 352-cube V-8.
These cars paved the way for the return of the Meteor in 1964. Starting in 1946, Lincoln-Mercury dealers in the Dominion filled out their offerings with a line of retrimmed Fords that were marketed as Meteors from 1949 to 1961.
Then, with an intermediate by the same name destined for showrooms on both sides of the border for ’62, the full-sized jobs were deemed expendable. However, when the midsize car fizzled after just two model years, Ford of Canada was quick to reapply the well-known name to big cars.
This time they featured Mercury bodies with Ford instrument panels. Base and Custom series both had two- and four-door sedans and station wagons; the Custom also listed a two-door hardtop and convertible. All sedans and the hardtop were Breezeways for which the retractable window was optional. Standard power came from the 138-bhp six, with a two-barrel 352 and the four-barrel 390 as V-8 options.
The Meteors replaced the Monterey in Canada, where the Montclair, Park Lane, and Colony Park wagon continued to fly the Mercury flag -- though the Breezeway two-door hardtop was absent from the Park Lane roster.
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