For 1956, Mercury sedans underwent an exterior revision, trading its crest badge for a "Big M" emblem. The side trim was revised to a full-length multi-tier chrome spear, with two-tone paint combinations becoming more widely used; the Montclair retained its window-line contrast panel. The update brought several functional revisions, including a 12-volt electric system, standard dual exhaust, and an automatic self-lubrication system (for the steering and front suspension). Mercury added its own version of the Ford Lifeguard safety system; a deep-dish steering wheel was standard, along with safety door locks, tubeless tires, and a breakaway safety glass rearview mirror. In addition, childproof rear door locks, seatbelts, and a padded dashboards were introduced as free-standing options. The 292 V8 was replaced by a 312 cubic-inch V8, producing 225 hp. This outstanding example of the upscale offering by the Ford Motor Company is an older restoration done with many original parts. The paint, chrome, glass, stainless trim, interior are all very nice. It has some original, some rechromed, parts and it runs like a Swiss watch. The 312 V8 has the power and runs down the road great and the unique 3 speed Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. It has the desirable power steering and brakes that make it a pleasure to cruise in. This one came from a private collection and this great Mercury is well kept and shows it with solid and clean floors, trunk and engine bay. Don't hesitate on this rare 56 Mercury Montclair hardtop with Continental kit and optional rear bumper overriders, it won't last long. Smooth, Quiet, Detailed 312 Cast Iron V8 with 4 Barrel Merc-o-matic Automatic Transmission Master-Guide Power Steering Swift Sure Power Brakes Performance Tuned Dual Exhaust with Mello glasspak style Mufflers, Factory Optional Town & Country Push-Button Radio with rear antenna E-Z-Eye Soft Ray Tinted Glass in All Windows Curved Front Windshield and Curved Rear Window Magic Aire Heater, Ventilation, and Defroster System Set of Matched Coker Wide White Wall Tires 120 MPH Speedometer with 74,xxx miles showing, Believed Actual. Rock Solid Trunk with Mat, Weatherstripping, Jack Immaculate Correct red cloth Interior Diamond Gloss Correct Red/White Finish Factory In-Dash Electric Clock with Second Hand Only 30k ever produced. Ever seen one this nice?
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