Car: Mercury Monterey "Super Marauder"
What makes it special: It was a "Sleeper" of epic proportions. It was not only the lightest, but also the cheapest model for the 1958 Mercury model year. It was available with the 430 cu in "Super Marauder" V8 engine. It was one of the first pre-1960 models to have 400 horsepower.
What made it famous: When so ordered direct from the factory, it's 430 cu in "MEL" ( Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln ) family V8 powerplant featured 3 Holley 2-barrel carburetors and 10.5:1 compression, and was the first American production engine to hit the 20 score mark.
Why I would want one: I love sleepers. I've said it time and again. This is so very cool because to look at it, there is no indication whatsoever as to what the car is capable of. It's the true definition of "The element of surprise."
Fun fact: While Ford’s Mercury division followed some of the questionable styling cues of 1958, the division would be remembered most for offering perhaps the first factory performance vehicle.
( 1959 Mercury Monterey "Super Marauder" photo from sub5zero.com )
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