AUTOROTICA: 1954 Mercury Monterey XM-800 Concept Car

There is something magical about the futuristic concept cars of the post World War II era. The technological advancements made during the war made designers go wild with possibilities. The future was bright, and so were the miles and miles of chrome.

The 1954 Mercury Monterey XM-800 introduced fins, “Frenched” headlamps, canted windshield pillars and sail panels, clean sides with concealed wheels. The car never went into production, but it’s influences were significant.

The XM-800 was a “push car,” as it had a completely functional V8 engine with a transmission that was nothing more than an empty case, so it needed to be “pushed” or towed whenever it traveled. The car was a design exercise, not an engine test. 

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