From 1978 through 1983, the Zephyr was a Mercury’s Fox Body family hauler that shared most of its parts with the Ford Fairmont. Like the Fairmont, the Zephyr was available as a 2-door, 4-door, and wagon with Pinto Inline-4, Thiftmaster inline-6 or Windsor Vee-8 power. Todays example has a 302 V8 that has been given […]
There is a reason why Mercury is still dominating new car sales while it competitors struggle to find footing in a modern world with complex offerings and market dynamics. It is because Mercury product planners knew that customers wanted a zinc yellow performance version of the Cougar. If only Toyota had hired those product planners, […]
r comes as a tip from ME who writes: I doubt it has a manual transmission, still a cool wagon for a few bucks. Yes, this car certainly does not have a manual, or an LS V8, but what it does have is room for lots of kids, cheap Ford Taurus replacement parts and zero mass market appeal, so you can get a nice one for about the cost of a pack of chewing gum. Find this 2001 Mercury Sable Wagon LS offered for $2995 in New Haven, CT via craigslist.
These next two cars make for an interesting comparison because they are both front-wheel-drive and equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox, but the similarities end there. In fact, the thing that makes these car even remotely interesting to compare is that they are sold by the same seller in one craigslist advert. Would you prefer this 2009 Volkswagen Golf offered for $4000 or 1994 Mercury Tracer offered for $1200 in Hartford, CT via craigslist. Tip from ME
In 1983 Mercury introduced the sixth generation of their Cougar, which was at one point in time a restyled and Mercuried version of the Ford Mustang. Actually, by the mid 1980s, it might have lived on the Mustang’s Fox platform, but it was much closer in size and equipment to the Ford Thunderbird or Lincoln Continental. Today’s example is offered with an odometer that has only 23k miles on the 5-digit display, but it does have more road crust that you’d like to see in a low mile classic. Find this 1985 Mercury Cougar offered for $7,950 in Stanley, WI via Hemmings.
One of my siblings (who shall remain nameless) sent me a video the other day of a guy named The Weeknd (s.i.c.) who was singing a song for the Grammys or some awards show. The music video is conspicuously repulsive — the Weeknd looks like a burn victim and sings like a castrato, and the music is a bunch of over-produced autotuned pop garbage with a catchy ear-worm chorus — but the cars. And the car choreography for a “live” show was impressive. The singer is flanked by a fleet of de-badged red and white Mercedes-Benz SL coupes (most are USDM R107 convertibles with hardtops, but I spy at least one W113 and somebody sporting Euro seal beam units) and the singer is riding in a sweet 1968 or 1969 Mercury Monterey convertible. The best part is that all of these cars are affordable (aside from the W113 SL) and you even get to see one of the SLs leave a trail of thick black smoke in the face of the happy troubadour. You can watch the video here, but I recommend putting it on mute if you enjoy your sanity, and you can enjoy a cool 1968 Mercury Monterey offered for $14,350 in Staunton, IL via Hemmings.
The Mercury Cougar started out way back in 1967 as an up-market version of the Ford Mustang. For its first two generations the Cougar was based on the Mustang, but then in 1974 it changed to a big Torino intermediate platform where it was a counterpart to the similarly plus sized Thunderbird. In 1980 the Cougar was switched to the compact Fox platform where it was a counterpart to the Thunderbird and Granada, but in 1989 it was switched to the MN12 platform where it got things the Fox didn’t have, like an independent rear suspension and available supercharged powertrains. A few years later the Cougar name was put on a front-wheel-drive thing that was based on the European Ford Mondeo, but we don’t want to talk about that. Find this 1989 Mercury Cougar XR7 offered for $12,000 in Merrimac, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Street/strip cars were a big thing back in the 1980s/1990s. You’d take a cheap 60s muscle car (hah, remember when they were cheap) and shove a big engine under the hood, wide tires out back, skinnys in the front, replace some of the sheet metal with fiberglass and cage it. Modified, but street legal. You’d take it to the drags a few times to get that 10.99 ET and then it would become your Friday night car show car. Car customization is different today and most of those 1/4 mile drag strips have been turned into strip malls or condos (at least in the area of SoCal that was the hot rod capital back in the day), but you can relive the glory days when you had hair on the top of your head and could tuck a shirt into those 32 inch waist Levis without needing a mirror. Find this 1965 Mercury Comet offered for $10,500 in Hillsdale, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Mercury Capri is one of those cars that people don’t understand. Or at least they didn’t understand when it was new. It was a sporty manual gearbox equipped 2+2 built in Germany that was sold at Lincoln-Mercury dealers for much less than a Mercury Cougar. But Elvis understands the Capri. He gets the international roots and the sublime handling that goes with a small 2.6 liter Cologne V6. Find this 1971 Mercury Capri offered for $14,500 in Quakertown, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Do you know what is better than a common classic like the Ford Maverick? Yeah, you know, it is the Mercury version of that platform. It comes with all of the same basic mechanical underpinnings, but with a weird badge and name that’ll make everyone think you are some kind of connoisseur of the vintage horseless carriage. Find this 1971 Mercury Comet offered for $11,900 in Orlando, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!