1954 Meteor

1954 changes are mostly limited to a new grille, as per usual. Lower cost models were introduced by reintroducing Ford interior trimmings, in some models.

1955 Meteor

Big changes for the 1955 Meteor, as Ford adopts a new bodystyle.

1956 Meteor

1956 Meteors are still very much a Ford by any other name, but the grille work becomes more extravagant. This is a Meteor Rideau.

1957 Meteor wagon

A 1957 Meteor wagon showing its new lines, shared with the ‘57 Fords.

1958 Meteor

The 1958 Meteor grows along with its Ford siblings.

1959 Meteor Rideau 500

A 1959 Meteor Rideau 500. The star motif on the grille disappears in favour of floating rectangles, similar to Mercurys of the same year. Ironically, the grille treatment of 1959 Fords gain a star-like crosshatch treatment.

The Monarch’s purpose was exactly the opposite of the Meteor. Not to be confused with the Mercury Monarch (again—Ford recycled the name), the Monarch was a Canadian brand unto itself, and was positioned as a luxury car that could be bought at a Ford dealer, for areas without a Lincoln/Mercury presence. Unlike the Meteor, the Monarch was based on contemporary Mercury bodies, but with unique trim.

The Monarch was discontinued in 1958 when Ford introduced the Edsel, which filled the same need in the marketplace. As you most likely know, the Edsel failed spectacularly and the Monarch was reintroduced to Canada, in 1959. Its revival was short-lived, however, as the Monarch nameplate was dropped after 1961; the Edsel fiasco caused Ford to lower Mercury prices to the point where the Monarch was again redundant.

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