• Wow, what a flashback. My late dad almost bought the Mercury equivalent of this beast (a Marquis Brougham) in 1969. He came to his senses at the last minute and opted for a Torino (which was the top-of-the-line Fairlane that year). I think the prospect of trying to get the Marquis down his narrow lane-way to the garage at the back of the house was what made him flinch.

    As a new driver at the time, I had enough trouble keeping the Torino out of snow banks. I can only imagine the carnage I would have wrought with the Marquis.

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