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1970 Mercury Montego Edition

Jeff Glucker August 7, 2018 BringATrailer, For Sale 15 Comments

While everyone at Bring-A-Trailer is arguing about obscure blinker light location in a post about an auction for some old Porsche I don’t care about, I find myself drooling over this heap of crap. What you’re looking at is a 1970 Mercury Montego and it was thoroughly tarted up to serve as a promotional vehicle for former NASCAR driver David Pearson.

The 1960 Rookie of the Year, Pearson drove for Holman-Moody for a handful of seasons when NASCAR was the Grand National Series. This Montego was built by a Virginian car dealer where it roamed East Coast NASCAR races and probably looked a lot prettier back in its heyday.

But today could once again be its heyday.

, which means you could potentially scoop this one up on the cheap. Under the hood is a 351 that shows just 50,919 miles of wear. You also have A/C, power steering, and some spare parts as well. The interior will need a bit of love, but the outside is perfect. Especially because it would likely offend everyone on the highways of California as I rolled on past.

This one won’t do well on BAT. It’s not the place to sell a car like this, unless the seller just wants its out of their site. One of you should step in and grab this one, and be the hero this website deserves.

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  • outback_ute

    Wow. Several thoughts…
    1. Imagine how much of your life will be taken explaining it to people (have a FAQ sheet in the windows!)
    2. Do BaTers still do “Bring a Clearcoat”?
    3. Maybe also bring a big HP stroker?
    4. Any guesses what it will go for? I wouldn’t be surprised to see $20k, depending on how many Pearson/Wood Bros fans are in the house.

    • Jeff Glucker

      At BAT, with no reserve, and needing interior work… this is going for $5k.

      • outback_ute

        Agreed that would be more realistic

  • Zentropy

    The BaT peanut gallery will have a ball with this one, I’m sure. There are some knowledgeable posters on there, but lots of car-snob trolls and armchair know-it-alls. It’s a great site to see some unusual auctions, though.

    This is a cool car and I’m a big Mercury fan, but I’m not into the NASCAR thing. Besides, I have three Mercs in storage that need my attention already, so I have no business checking BaT like I do. But, I do.

  • Harry Callahan

    This is a great hobby. What Glucker salivates for, I am repulsed by. He would possibly HATE what I choose to drive. Lots of room in the hobby for both of us…and even coal rolling bros and the lowrider cholos. We all love cars!

    • Jeff Glucker

      Doubtful… the only stuff I don’t really get is hardcore Stance nation stuff. I’m down with almost everything else.

      I love lowriders.

      • Harry Callahan

        I like the old Mercury too…kinda. But I just can’t stand driving tattered cars…I like neat and clean. That Cleveland engine however…yes please!

        • Zentropy

          Funny, I don’t usually go for “awesome” cars, preferring understated performance instead. But I do love me some torn seats and worn-through, rusty patina.

        • crank_case

          I’m kinda on your side of the fence here, while that and other beat up looking cars can look cool, when you live in a really, really damp climate where you can almost see bodywork dissolving in front of your eyes and keeping an old car is a constant battle against entropy, so called “patina” actually just looks like a headache and rust is just a cancer that needs to be cut out as soon as possible.

          Doesn’t have to be a super nice paint job, even primer that doesn’t absorb water is find, but exposed metal like that makes me twitch.

      • Zentropy

        Excessive camber drives me insane.

      • crank_case

        Yeah, I know you’re not supposed to “hate” on stuff, but damnit, someone taking a real drivers car like an RX7, NSX or WRX and compromising the entire reason the car exists so it looks good “hard parked” drives me nuts.

  • This is exactly the kind of car that deserves a home sharing parking space with Continentals, Q7s and 911s underneath an upscale condominium, causing structural damage every time it explodes into life.

  • Tank

    Holy shit, I love it. I’d keep it just as it is

    • smalleyxb122

      I’d fix the seats and dash, including getting rid of the “period” stickers on the dash.

      • Tank

        Yeah, the seat is going to need new vinyl. Is the center of the Grille supposed to be like that?