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Manufacturer:  Mercury. 1955-1968.  Montclair.

The Mercury Montclair was a full size automobile produced by the Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company from 1955 to 1957, the M-E-L Division of Ford Motor Company 1958 to 1959 and by the Lincoln Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company from 1964 to 1968.

The vehicle name was introduced in 1955 and applied to Mercury's premium automobile line.  Ford historians are at a loss as to where the name originated; the consensus is it taken from the upper class community of Montclair, New Jersey (Howley).  For 1955 and 1956, Montclairs featured Mercury's best appointments, extra chrome trim, and different two-tone paint combinations to set them apart from other Mercury products.

This information was taken from the Wikipedia Online Encyclopaedia.