Ashtrays: the 1980 Mercury Monarch

DTW is in the middle of preparing a consideration of the 1980 Mercury Monarch which was all but identical to the 1980 Ford Granada (the US version). It is a legendarily mediocre car, even with a 5.0 litre Windsor V-8. More on that soon. In the meantime, I thought I would fillet some of my findings and present this amuse-gueule or Häppchen: the driver´s ashtray.

1980 Mercury Monarch driver´s ashtray cover.
1980 Mercury Monarch driver´s ashtray cover.

I wondered what the very large panel next to the glove compartment was and it turned out to be the aperture for a substantial ashtray and a cigar-lighter. Alas I was not able to gauge the dimensions of the ash receptacle: 100 ml would be an estimate based on my many years of valuable research on this neglected topic.

Designed for the long interstate distances: a full-size ashtray of the old school
Designed for the long interstate distances: a full-size ashtray of the old school. Note the subtle touches. Those two dimples damp the impact of the spring-loaded cover when it is snapped shut.

And there is an ashtray in the very long door, which is for the rear passengers to use. It´s of the horizontally-hinged flip-out type. Capacity: 50 mls.

The ashtray is the small oblong, lower right.
The ashtray is the small oblong, lower right.

This is what the car looked like, in case you are not very familiar with the “malaise years” products of Detroit.

1980 Mercury Monarch two-door saloon.
1980 Mercury Monarch two-door saloon.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

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