Sure, there are plenty of fine looking customized rides out there, but this 1955 Mercury Montclair Lead Sled will stand out in any automotive company. The most stellar of street machines will leave you staring, but this one carries a visual punch so powerful that it will likely have you doing a double take while wondering if you've just entered into an augmented reality.
This is a ride that will no doubt pull focus wherever it goes. Its distinctive exterior carries an array of skillful modifications that create an unparalleled, custom appearance, making it seem like this Mercury came from both the past and the future at the same time. The assembly of chrome below a pair of modified headlights is configured like no other on the road, with two rows of horizontally placed spheres each cresting a bumper of their own. The elongated rear roofline slopes downward to a stretched pair of rear fenders and trunk area, and an added continental kit puts the spare tire on display in a color-matched enclosure between a pair of frenched taillights. A coat of magnetic Orange Pearl paint is draped over the exterior, with just the right amount of flake added to make it seem like the car is nearly pulsating when exposed to sunlight and it's in top shape, with an excellent shine and smooth texture.
Inside the doors is an eye catching orange interior that's chock full of great touches. A pair of plush two tone buckets straddle a custom one piece console that extends the length of the cabin, bracketed by the two rear buckets and looming over an expanse of clean carpet in the process. The billet steering wheel wears a color matched cover and sits on a chrome tilting column and the chrome fan shaped instrument cluster just beyond it reflects the styling sensibilities of the mid-'50s while carrying a full complement of AutoMeter gauges. An anti-theft device has also been added - a wise move considering the temptation this one of a kind vehicle presents. The trunk area features just the detailed appearance you'd expect, based on the rest of the car, with carpet lining its floor and a neatly covered spare sitting in its vertical position. The added climate control system blows through a series of vents seamlessly recessed into the dash and an AM/FM/CD stereo with iPod connectivity is on hand to provide a quality audio experience.
There's an awful lot to stare at beneath the hood, where an enhanced 302 cubic inch V8 sits surrounded by a collection of color matched surfaces, including the firewall, inner fenders, battery enclosure and air cleaner. The small block is now fed by a FiTech fuel injection system that provides substantial adjustability and exhales into a pair of short tube headers leading out to a full exhaust that both minimizes backpressure and sends a nice, deep note out of the tailpipes peeking out from underneath that one of a kind rear bumper. The 302 teams with a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission to equip this stunningly modified classic with engine sparing low revs on the highway. Power steering makes for effortless maneuverability and power disc brakes at all four corners provide fade resistant stopping ability. The quartet of 15” half moon wheels wrapped with BF Goodrich whitewalls are in perfect keeping with this Mercury's unique combination of new and vintage.
Offering a skillfully modified, singular appearance and a well-configured set of amenities inside the cockpit, this 1955 Mercury Montclair Lead Sled has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Call today!