Off Target: 1988 Merkur Scorpio

The Merkur Scorpio was an abject sales failure for a number of reasons — first it was sold at Lincoln-Mercury dealers to elderly and confused Lincoln & Mercury buyers who had no idea what a Merkur might be and zero interest in something with a hatchback.  Put my groceries back there?…I’m not letting my servants drive this car, now show me something with a landau top and curb feelers please. Find this 1988 Merkur Scorpio offered for $3,995 in Suwanee, GA via craigslist. Tip from Matt.

The Scorpio was powered by a 2.9 liter version of the Cologne V6 that put out 144 horsepower which may have seemed like decent power to the Ford of Germany folks who built the Ford Scorpio and Sierra for the European market…but over here in the land of the red/white/blue, this thing was down on torque and arguably gutless compared to V8 powered competition. However, it is an interesting piece of automotive history offered for a bargain price on the used car market today.

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