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Pick of the Day: 1954 Mercury Monarch Sun Valley, a rare glass-roof Canadian

Found in a barn, the 2-door hardtop is apparently one of just 10 survivors


The Pick of the Day is a 1954 Mercury Monarch Lucerne Sun Valley, an actual barn-find survivor with a factory transparent roof panel and period customization that includes a continental-kit spare tire hanging off the rear.

“Rescued from a barn in the Indiana countryside, this Monarch is an incredibly rare car,” according to the O’Falllon, Illinois, dealer advertising the Mercury on  “Monarch was introduced in 1946 as a division of Mercury of Canada and produced cars until 1961.


“The 1954 Monarch you see here was one of only 200 Sun Valley glass-top cars ever produced, and according to one source, is one of only 10 cars that have survived the years!”

The 2-door hardtop is described by the dealer as an “amazing survivor,” although there is no word in the ad as to whether the Mercury is an all-original car that has somehow managed to remain intact over the decades, without restoration or revision.  The paint and chrome look in the photos as if they might have been redone.  

“This Monarch would make a great driver, or a solid and worthy platform to fully restore,” the dealer says.

The Mercury has 95,533 miles showing on its odometer, the dealer adds, and is powered by the correct 256cid V8 linked with a 3-speed automatic transmission. 

“The most unique part of the car, the glass top, is in great shape, and free and clear of cracks, scratches, or blemishes,” the ad says. “You will never get tired of hearing people exclaim, ‘Wow! I’ve never seen one of those before!’”


The photos with the ad show the Mercury looking to be in great shape, with a solid body, presentable paint and nice interior.  Distinctive stylistic touches differentiate the Monarch from its Ford sibling.

“Factory equipment includes Sun Valley glass top, power steering and brakes, power windows, a rear window wiper, dual mirrors and spotlights, am radio, fender skirts and a dealer-added continental kit,” the ad says.


The asking price for this rare Canadian Mercury with the see-through roof is $33,000.

To view this vehicle on, see Pick of the Day.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. Darn, for me ruined it with continental kit. Continental kits only look good on ‘56 Thunderbirds. Those were designed in, not added on. Otherwise, what a beautiful ‘54 Merc.

  2. Do you have any more station wagons I Love this one but I can’t see putting that much money in one with a six cylinder

  3. Love the car is it in Indiana would like to talk about a deal & see more pics.& specs please contact anytime thanks for your time Don

  4. Why do people always respond to the story instead of clicking on the link. Great pick of the day Bob, but I agree with Don Fryer, continental kits are for T-birds… or continentals.

  5. I hauled a 1954 Ford CrestLine Skyliner from Longmont Colorado to Glendive Montana last April, 2023. It was off frame restored in 1982 by Dave Horn. The mileage shows 10. It is painted Coral pink. Black roof! Wow! A Beautiful car to own.


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