Steve Anderson can still remember the distinct sound of his friend's father's vehicle even though it was about 40 years ago.
This 1955 Mercury Monterey four door sedan, one of which was last week's Guess the Vehicle, had a "window-rattling growl," said Anderson.
He said the car's owner poured a drop of oil down each of the Continental glass pack mufflers to make the muffler's packing burn out faster. Hence the growl.
"He enjoyed some of the 'kid' things about cars and noisy pipes was one of them," he said. "The Merc wasn't quick but it was noticeable."
Several readers also noticed the Monterey four door sedan. Correct guessers were Russ Moore, Henry Wolf, Ted Toensing, Harry Austin, Ken Ness, Tom Crawford, Jim Johnson and Henry Hauger.
Guessing that the vehicle was a 1955 Mercury were Harold Kraus and Rosemary Petrich.
Anderson said he could identify that this car was a Monterey instead of a Montclair because Montclairs had the trim strip and contrasting color patch under the side windows.
Montclairs, introduced in 1955, were Mercury's premium automobile line.
Anderson said Montereys came with 292 cubic inch, eight-cylinder engines that produced 188 horsepower with a two barrel carburetor or 198 horsepower with a four-barrel carburetor.
He said these cars weighed about 3,500 pounds and cost $2,400 new. There were 70,392 built.
Kraus wrote there were eight colors available. He wrote that this vehicle appeared to be Carmen Red, which was among the original colors.
He wrote that Mercury styling was more similar to Lincoln and "away from Ford's look."
What was the first car to
have cruise control?
This week's trivia question is "What was the first car to have cruise control?" This was furnished by Ted Toensing.
The answer to last week's trivia question, "What year did Chevrolet introduce the V-8 engine?" is Oct. 26, 1954.
Once again, readers furnished two correct answers. Guessing that the first V-8 engine introduced was in 1954 or for the 1955 models was Moore, Larry Goshey, Austin, Johnson, John Hanning, Jim Walden, Larry Roscoe, Dennis Muggli and Walt Hoffman.
Hanning of Crosslake wrote from Taiwan. "I never miss Thursday's auto section," he said.
Roscoe wrote that this 265 cubic inch engine was available with an optional power pack consisting of a four barrel carburetor and dual exhaust.
Guessing that Chevrolet's first eight cylinder engine was introduced in 1917 was Tom Erickson, Toensing, Mark Kargel, Petrich and Lorne Brager.
Toensing, Kargel and Petrich wrote this engine was an overhead valve engine that was only made for two years.
Circletrack.com stated that this engine was a 288 cubic inch and it was very expensive for that time period. There were 2,817 of these engines, which produced 55 horsepower, made.
Brager knew this engine was 288 cubic inch.
Kargel said the engine introduced in 1955 was called a small block because of its compact design.
Roscoe said transmissions available for the '55 V-8 engine were three-speed manual or a three-speed cast-iron powerglide automatic transmission.
"Very heavy item as I changed a few of them," he said.
Classy Cruisers car show
slated for May 28
The Classy Cruisers Car Club's second-annual show, Summer Starts Here, is May 28 between Mills Ford and Mills Body Works.
Hours are from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The first 100 cars will receive dash plaques and 16 Driver's Choice, one People's Choice and three Sponsor's Choice awards will be presented.
The Classy Cruisers project car, a cloned 1969 Chevrolet Camaro rally-sport Z/28, also will be on display.
clint wood, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at email@example.com or at 855-5869.
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