1956 Mercury Montclair
by Larry D'Argis
If you know anything about '50s Ford products, you'll know the
1956 Mercury was one seriously desirable car. The Merc had it
all, style, class and performance. Powered by a new 312 cu. in.
V8 developing 225 horsepower, it was a real mover. A rare car
today the mid-fifties Mercurys are a welcome sight in clubs and
shows far and wide. We're very fortunate to have several of
these beauties in our club and all are special in their own
right, but this Tuxedo Black and Classic White example is about
as popular as the Oreo cookie.
Owned by Albert and Betty Lannoo our Club President and
Treasurer respectively, it's low-slung stance and eye-popping
presence will surely leave you weak in the knees. A full
restoration from end to end it began in the late 1980's as a
tribute to the first '56 Mercury they owned in the early '60s.
Albert managed to hunt down and purchase three 1956 Mercury
hardtops and proceeded to strip them down and evaluate which
pieces were useable and restorable. The body from one, fenders
from another, chrome trim and accessories from the other, it was
a long four-year period.
While it was a mix and match ordeal it's impossible to ignore
with the finished product. The body is flawless and under the
hood we find a ton of chrome on the Safety-Surge 312 V8 as well
as an Offenhauser aluminum intake manifold sporting three carbs,
Rodworks dual tube headers, and a Pertronix ignition upgrade.
Add to this a near full-load including, power brakes, power
steering, power windows, power seat, tinted glass, deluxe radio,
fender skirts, lake pipes, and Lancer wheelcovers for a true
mild-custom look. I think you'll agree... Black is beautiful!