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YAK Car Pic of the Day


Maybe we’ll spend the rest of the week in Texas, where we spotted a car you rarely see anymore unless you’re watching an old movie or television show: the 1961 Mercury Monterey. The full-sized Mercs seemed to have lost their way after 1957 or so — for the most part they were nothing more than weirded-up Fords (and yes, “weirded-up” is an actual word, found on pg. 47 of the YAK Style Book). I was surprised the nameplate lasted as long as it did. This blue four-door hardtop was photographed at the C.T.C. Auto Ranch outside of Ft. Worth last spring. If you’re interested, here’s a link to the ’61 Mercury brochure.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • MaxPlanck

    “Weirded up” is a perfect appellation for Mercs of that era. They were supposed to be the big brothers of the Fords but always struck me as goofy-looking as if their clothes didn’t fit or match up. Whoever scores this ’61 will have a field day trying to find replacement for that taillight housing.