Auburn Spring | Lot 5121
1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley
$90,000 - $120,000 USD | Not Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
12 May 2018
- One of just 1,787 Sun Valleys produced
- Unique and futuristic Plexiglass half-roof
- Concours-quality restoration recently completed
The Mercury Montclair Sun Valley was produced for just two years, 1955 and 1956. During that time, a reported 1,787 examples were produced. When compared to the 10,668 Montclair convertibles produced during the same period, it is clear that the Sun Valley was significantly rarer and, consequently, remains very much so today. It is believed that only a handful of such examples remain extant.
The car offered here is easily one of the finest surviving examples of this limited-production Mercury. It recently underwent a comprehensive restoration to a very high standard and is elegantly finished in a medium shade of yellow with an exceptional black and cream two-tone interior with a dash in yellow to match the body. The Sun Valley’s defining characteristic, the large tinted Plexiglass roof, bathes the entire front seat in natural light, and makes for a very pleasant driving experience without the inherent complications of a convertible top mechanism. A powerful 292-cu. in. V-8 engine, the large amount of chrome and, of course, that characteristic “glass” top, combine to make this a mid-century automobile lover’s dream.
As a fine example of an uncommon automobile, this Sun Valley is an ideal choice for participation in AACA events or local shows, or for simply enjoying on the road. Not commonly seen at car shows today, few cars provide the presence and effortless cruising of a mid-’50s Mercury. In period, owning a luxury car such as a Mercury was a sure sign of success and came with a rightly deserved pride of ownership. This is an ideal opportunity to experience that same pride for yourself.