We see customs cross our paths pretty regularly here, but seldom do we encounter anything like this 1956 Mercury Monterey. This absolute one of a kind modded classic mixes a vintage foundation with some well-planned customization for a dramatic result. Care to stand out in any automotive crowd? Pull up behind the wheel of this truly inspired ride.
This Mercury strikes an interesting balance – nostalgic and futuristic at the same time. It sports a multitude of well-executed modifications all over and yet retains its vintage identity, as if it’s been projected from its native mid-’50s to the present. Its pearl white metallic paint, complemented with candy apple red on its roof, presents well and looks consistent from front to back – it’s a great backdrop that shows off the handiwork that’s gone into making this such a distinctive looking car. Up front, the hood has been shaved and louvered, the headlight areas have been stretched with peaks centered over the bulbs sitting inside, and a grille taken from a Corvette splits the custom front bumper. In back, hand shaped rear quarter panels extend backwards, harboring a shaved deck lid and a pair of ultra-aggressive taillights that sit over a pair of exhaust tips extending subtly from the tail. The factory-configured chrome trim has been abbreviated while retaining its same shape, and it’s a very effective styling element.
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