Flights of Fancy: 1976 & 1977 Mercury Monarchs

The Mercury Monarch was a replacement for the outgoing Falcon based Comet, the Mercury branded equivalent to the Ford Granada and Lincoln Versailles.  Mercury sold an astonishing 575,000 of these malaise-mobiles when new, a feat truly impressive when you consider what an appalling pile of rubbish the Monarch was when new.  However, the surviving Monarchs are like a distilled version of the original, only the best, those that were properly maintained, and not assembled by ham-fisted neanderthals or UAW saboteurs have survived outside of the wilds of the American junkyard.  Today we’ve got a pair to start your collection.  Tip from K2 Mr E Car.

First up is this  1976 Mercury Monarch Grand Ghia Sedan found here on eBay currently bidding for $1,775 reserve-not-met with a $4,500 buy-it-now located in SLC, UT.  The name may have been grandiose, but the Monarch Grand Ghia is mostly known for its use as a donor vehicle for rear end and brake equipment to be transferred to classic Mustangs & hot rods.  The beefy 9″ rear axle has two discs on the end and the Grand Ghia & Lincoln Versailles were worth less than the sum of their rear axle parts about 5 minutes after they left the dealer lot.  The 5.0 liter Ford V8 could also be torn down to bare metal and rebuilt into something useful, the rest of the car is best recycled into Chinese refrigerator magnets.

If a 4-door slushbox shifted Monarch isn’t to your liking, you might want to check out this 1977 Mercury Monarch here on eBay bidding for $6,000 with 4 days to go, located in Wichita, KS.  This Monarch is a basic 2-door version powered by a 5.0 V8, but it is shifted with a 3-speed manual gearbox.

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