If you wanted a fun 2-door from Ford in 1973 you had a few options. You could get a little junky Pinto, a larger junky Maverick, a plus sized Mustang, a gigantic Torino or a XXL Thunderbird (which was a 5000lb two-door, no joke). But there was another Skywalker. There was a hidden gem, built in Germany by Ford, badged as the Mercury Capri, and it handled better than anything from the Americas. Oddly enough, the American public loved the Capri and at its peak the Capri was the second most imported car into the USA (first was the Beetle, of course). However, you don’t find many Capris driving around on the street today and this next example is about the top of the market…and wowza, that is some groovy paint. Find this 1973 Mercury Capri bidding for $17,000 in Charlotte, NC via eBay.
It never fails. I post an awesome version of some oddball fun piece of American muscle like a Mercury Marauder X100 and start patting myself on the back, and what do you guys do? You find a better example of the same car (or a few years earlier in this case) for an equally good price and then I’ve got to post that one too. Just look at that grill!! How could I not post this? Find this 1965 Mercury Marauder Parklane offered for $15,000 in Redding, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
You can’t blame the insane prices of 60s muscle cars on the modern online auction sites. Certainly you can blame those sites for other righteously priced pieces of machinery, but the big block powered ’60s classics became expensive before most people had an internet connection…so it is surprising when you find something that is simultaneously cool, interesting, rare, muscly, and reasonably priced. Find this 1969 Mercury Marauder X100 offered for $14,500 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Ford Maverick was released into the wild for the 1970 model year as a replacement for the compact pony car known as the Mustang that was being blown up into a fully fledged (from the zoology, a bird develops its plumage or fledge at maturity) muscle car (see 1971 Mustang). Anyway, the basic Maverick is interesting and I like it, but show me the corporate badged Mercury version known as the Comet and I’ll swoon like a teenage girl at an Elvis concert. Find this 1974 Mercury Comet offered for $7000 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
This next car is an oddball. It isn’t sporty or fast, or cool, or sexy…but it is special. First you’ve got to admit that any wagon with rear facing seats is something special…and then you’ve got to honor the souls of all the muppets who were killed and skinned to cover those seats. And finally, this is a Hunsbloger approved Sable — the corporate cousin of the Ford Taurus that is both cheaper and more interesting than the Taurus bidding for a pittance with a few days to go. Find this 1992 Mercury Sable LS Wagon bidding for $2200 in Tucson, AZ with 3 days to go via carsandbids.com.
The 1990s Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, and Mercury Grand Marquis were built on a big body on frame chassis for the fleet car market. Cops, security guards, limo drivers, and old people put billions of miles on the 1.5 million examples that rolled off Fords production lines from 1993-2012. This next example looks like it spent most of its life in grandma’s garage when it wasn’t parked at church or bingo night. Find this 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LS offered for $6995 in Plano, TX via autotrader. Tip from Jeff.
In the realm of “gas station photo craigslist” advertisements, this next one is forgivable. But only because this isn’t just another Honda pictured in front of a gas pump late at night after the seller get’s off his night shift as a Walmart greeter…but this is a legit unicorn, the 4-speed equipped Mercury version of the Ford Granada. Find this 1978 Mercury Monarch offered for $12,000 in Fall Branch, TN via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car would easily be mistaken for a Ford Crown Victoria…which makes sense because the Mercury Grand Marquis is a rebadged Crown Vic…except this isn’t a Grand Marquis. This is the Marauder…which starts with a Grand Marquis body and adds a 302 horsepower 4.6 liter DOHC V8 from the Mustang Mach 1, a full compliment of P71 Police Interceptor shocks/brakes, unique Marauder bumpers, no chrome, and smoke headlights/taillights. It was like the guys from Pimp my Ride took over the Mercury design department for a week and I love it. I miss Mercury. Find this 2004 Mercury Marauder offered for $5,750 in Newington, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: Some of us are suckers for a nice old flathead. This one is surrounded by a 1941 Mercury Eight in 2 door trim sans bumpers. Complete with manual transmission, this is a great little piece of pre-WW2 automobile history in nice condition. Drive something no one else will show up in. Find this 1941 Mercury Eight for sale in Arlington TX for $16,500 via craigslist.
The first Ford product to wear the Capri badge was a German built Ford and a few years later it was recycled as the Mercury Capri (a thinly disguised Mustang produced during the 1980’s.) The Capri nameplate left in 1986, but the name would appear again in 1991 on an entirely different car while the […]