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RealRides of WNY - 1956 Monterey

February 14, 2022

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Monterey


Day 2 as we travel back to 1956 for a week…

From one of those brands rarely seen (IMO) at car shows & cruise nights (unless it’s a Cougar) we have this 1956 Mercury Monterey Phaeton, seen at last summer’s Fiddle Fest Car Show in Springville. My online dictionary tells us a phaeton is a “light, open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage.” Close enough. Automobile-wise, a phaeton, back in the day, usually referred to a car with no fixed top, and they generally had four doors and two rows of seats like the ’37 Ford Phaeton seen below. Mercury told us their ’56 Phaeton was “…a subtle blending of hardtop smartness and the luxury and convenience of a four-door sedan.” Nice.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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