We are redoing the interior of this 1953 Mercury.
Ford Motor Company was the only maker to introduce
completely new styling for 1952 and Mercury received the same sort of tight,
clean lines as that year’s Lincoln. Wheelbase was unchanged. The flathead
V-8 was retained with power boosted to 125 hp by a higher compression
ratio. This new styling with refinements was carried over in 1953 along
with some model shuffling, and emerged with two series; the Custom and the
Monterey. Monterey’s were the upscale models, Mercury’s had an
interesting dashboard with aircraft-type toggle levers for heating and
ventilation flanking a central gauge cluster.