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25 July 2015

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Lot 112

1958 Mercury Montclair Hardtop Coupe

  • Chassis no. M8WB527967

Sold for $33,000


400 bhp, 430 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed Merc-O-Matic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122 in.

  • Specially installed rare Super Marauder engine
  • Superbly preserved original interior
  • Formerly of the Jerry Capizzi “Cappy Collection”


Available by special order on most 1958 Mercurys was a 430-cubic inch V-8 engine built to near NASCAR specifications, with three two-barrel carburetors. It was known as the Super Marauder and pumped out an honest-to-goodness 400 horsepower. When dropped into the lightest of Monterey bodies, it resulted in a Mercury muscle car—six years before that term was actually invented over at Pontiac. Take that, Chief!

The handsome Montclair Hardtop Coupe offered here, though born with the 383-cubic inch V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor and 330 horsepower, has been uprated with an original Super Marauder engine believed to have been dealer-installed in period. Unusual for a Super Marauder car, it is also well optioned, with power steering, a push-button Merc-O-Matic transmission with “High Performance,” a Town & Country signal-seeking radio, dual outside mirrors, a factory clock, tinted windows, dual exhaust, a rear-mounted “Continental kit” spare, and fender skirts. Mileage shown is fewer than 50,000, which is believed to be actual mileage from new.

The car was formerly part of the highly respected Jerry Capizzi “Cappy Collection” in Illinois and was later owned by Wayne Davis, of Texas, prior to its purchase by the present owner. More recently, the current owner proceeded to have the carburetor rebuilt along with the transmission and rear end to ensure the car drives as good as it looks. Furthermore, the Mercury received new air shocks and new whitewall tires.

From an era when bigger was better and too big was just right, the 1958 Mercury was virtually unparalleled in chrome-bedecked opulence. The installation of the Super Marauder engine upped the ante to an incomparable combination of power and comfort; combined with incredible originality and fine provenance, that makes this the 1958 Mercury that belongs in one’s collection of American performance machines.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more