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!
This Mercury Capri spent the better 1/4 of a century sleeping in a garage…but you’d better not call it a barn find. The seller claims it was built by a NASA engineer (Why is it always a NASA engineer or a GM factory engineer, why not a part time clerk at Boot Barn or a family practice psychologist?) who added a draw-through turbocharger with an old school water/methanol injection system to the Cologne V6. Looks like fun. Find this 1976 Mercury Capri offered for $6,000 in Eagle, ID via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
There is something supremely cool about a vintage Mercury Comet. It isn’t the fastest classic car around…with the stock 170 cubic inch inline-6 and automatic it is going to be downright slow…but car isn’t about reaching your destination, this car is about the experience of getting there. Find this 1962 Mercury Comet offered for $9800 in Huntington Beach, CA via craigslist.
Marauders are commonly mistaken for a pimped-out Crown Vic, but it was really a factory modified version of the Mercury Grand Marquis…yeah, I know, Potato, Shmotato….anyway, the Marauder was a Grand Marquis with blacked out the chrome, 5-spoke 18-inch wheels and a 4.6 liter Ford Modular V8 the breaths through a set of 4-Valve heads and is good for 302 horsepower and 318 ft-lbs of torque (borrowed from the Mustang Mach 1/SVT Cobra etc). Today’s example has an additional power adder in the form of a Kenne Bell supercharger and various sharpie-pen signatures of people who I’m not familiar with, but are clearly celebrities’ in the world of supercharged Marauders. Find this 2003 Mercury Marauder offered for $16,900 in Fayetteville, NC via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
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.