|Project 2 -History|
|I've been fortunate in that the Montego has been reasonably well documented. There are some holes here and there, but that makes the search more fun. Sensitive information like addresses, credit card numbers, and VIN numbers have been withheld to protect former owners.
So here's what I know...
|The Montego was ordered by Sierra Lincoln Mercury (DSO 52, Los Angles) in Fullerton CA, which is in Southern California. The car was ordered with a 351-4V, burnt orange metallic paint (#3202-A), white vinyl bucket seats with black components, 3.00 axle and FMX transmission
The Sierra L/M dealership appears to be defunct, I have not been able to find any information on this dealership. It looks like Anaheim Prestige Auto Body & Paint Inc. now occupies that address.
The Montego was well optioned for the time, with a white power top and glass backlight, under dash courtesy lights, electric clock, whitewall tires, rim blow deluxe steering wheel, power windows, center console, power front disc brakes, air conditioner, AM radio, intermittent windshield wipers, tinted class, deluxe belts with waning light, remote control left hand mirror and deluxe wheel covers.
Per Marti Auto Works, the Montego was ordered July 16, 1968 and was to be built on August 15, 1968. The car was actually built on August 26, 1968 and released on October 4, 1968. The car was eventually sold to an unknown buyer on March 23, 1969. The Ford Research Unit in Canada confirms these options and production dates.
From 1969 to 1983 the Montego's history and owners are virtually unknown. It looks like the car had a mellow California based life, with only 55,000 miles being put on the odometer in 14 years (3928 miles/year).
In 1983 the Montego fell into the hands of the California Convertible Company (CCC) in San Marcos CA. It's unknown if the car was purchased by then owner Dick Porter or if it was traded in. Regardless, it looks like the 14 years took its toll as you can see by the work performed on the next pages.
CCC also appears to be defunct; American Brake Supply parts warehouse now occupies that address.