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Wheels In The Grass

Now that the snow’s just about melted (until next winter, I hope!) we’re starting to once again see these old nuggets from the past, sitting in people’s yards, behind barns, and off the side of the road.

1956 Mercury Custom sport hardtop coupe

This week’s find was spotted recently in Olean, N.Y., a not-too-bad looking 1956 Mercury Custom sport hardtop coupe (although one wonders just what’s being hidden under that tarp!). The 1956 Mercs were a mild facelift of the all-new 1955s — “The Big M” as they were referred to in advertising. Total production for the ’56 sport hardtop coupes was 20,857. The Custom was a step up from the base Medalist model, followed by the Monterey and the top-of-the-line Montclair. Prices ranged from $2,254 for the Medalist two-door sedan up to $2,977 for the four-door Monterey eight-passenger station wagon. Our black and white Custom sport hardtop coupe had an MSRP of $2,485.

…Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

…from the brochure