08 Feb Same as Henry Ford II’s company car : 1977 Mercury Monarch Ghia
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Creemore Valley Classics Stories #12
I purchased this 77 Monarch Ghia in July 2015 with only 44k on the odometer. It was previously owned by a retired Ford of Canada employee who purchased the car through the Ford Employee Purchase Plan.
Being an executive demo car, it was ordered with every option available at the time minus a sunroof. This top level Monarch Ghia has trim level specific options including four wheel disc Brakes, self dimming electronic mirror, climate control ATC A/C, power bucket seats with console, full blue leather interior, Cartier digital clock (still works), dual outside chrome mirrors (driver’s side is heated), rear window defroster (electric), alloy wheels (original), power antenna and trunk release, interior light package, front cornering lamps, bumper protection group, illuminated entry system (lift door handle and interior lights up).
Power comes from the original, smooth running 302 V-8 engine, a matching numbers C-4 automatic and very quiet running with a J code rear axle ( 2.50 ratio, which is also a limited slip, that Ford/Mercury calls traction lock.
I have a copy of the original ownership from Ford of Canada dated 1977, a copy of the owner’s manual, and the original owner I.D. card that was used for service and warranty work at a Mercury or Ford dealer and recently scored an original dealer brochure at a local flea market.
Standard on this ’77 Ghia model is the lovely Blue Odense vinyl roof in like-new condition with dual white pin stripe on sides, hood and trunk lid. Last summer, we used the car for our daughter’s wedding to transport Dad and bride. Many of the wedding guests had never seen this model before. It also gets lots of attention at cars shows and cruise nights from the folks who remember the Monarch and Granada.
Owner: Ron Nicholson