This is the problem;
From -INTERNATIONAL MERCURY OWNERS ASSOCIATION-
'RustyMerc' Sep 22 2006, 01:49 PM
Hey Fellas, Here is something you dont see everyday!! A Guy had this Car for Sale at Back to the 50's in Minneapolis/St. Paul in June and claimed it was an "Original" Car built by Ford Motor Company as a "Limited Edition" back in 1955 or 1956!!
What do you Guy's think? I have done a lot of investigating on this car and I can NOT find any information any where that says Ford Motor Company ever made such a Car!
I even talked to one of the previous owners/Agents who was selling the Car from Santa Barbara, California and He said he thought it was probably a situation where someone put a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria Top on a 1956 Mercury Montclair Bottom!!! What do you guy's think or Know??????
I can also find no documentation of the trim level.
The 56 FORD BODY TYPES lists FAIRLANE 64A (2 DR CRN VIC) and 64B (2 DR CRN VIC SKY).
The 55 MERC BODY TYPES lists MONTCLAIR 64A (2 DR HT CPE) and 64B (2 DR SV HT) (SV being SUN VALLEY having same glass top option as FORD SKYLINER).
The 56 MERC BODY TYPES lists MONTCLAIR 64A (2 DR HT CPE) only, no SV option.
I thought that there being a couple of old geezers here (like myself), that someone might be familiar with this model or whether it is a modification.
It appears the 55/56 FORD had the plexiglass top option (SKYLINER) only with the CROWN OPTION.
The 54 MERC had the SUN VALLEY OPTION (roof) without a tiara moulding. Did the 1955 MERC have a tiara moulding to match the 55 FORD?
Absolutely beautiful car though. It is not trimmed as gaudily as the FORD.
REFERENCE SOURCE- STANDARD CATALOG of FORD 1903-1998 Edited by Ron Kowalke
Am Looking For Factory/Aftermarket Speed Parts For The MEL (MERC-EDSEL-LINC-TBIRD) Engine Family (383-410-430-462) Produced From 1958 To 1968
Also Early FORD Special Service Tools