Before I start talking to you about why the Mercury Marauder deserves future classic status, I want to start by talking about biology. Specifically, evolutionary biology, and the concept of the “apex predator.” It’s science-learnin’ time! An apex …
I like off –beat cars. By that I mean, the ones nobody thinks about immediately. Some of those are cars like, Studebakers, Edsels, and Mercurys.
A few years ago, actually shortly after we moved to Tucson, AZ., I was at the local Safeway and I saw this black car moving through the
parking lot. I was on foot and I hurried to the end of the parking row to see if I could catch the manufacturer and
model. To my surprise that sports-roof-like, long black car was a Mercury Marauder!! It was beautiful. I’m still not sure what
year it was but I believe it was a 1969 and possibly an X-100, but I can’t be sure.
I’m not totally unfamiliar with Mercury’s, having lived with grandparents who for years would only buy
that Ford brand – mainly the Marques and other 4 door models. Frankly back then I wasn’t all that impressed.
But the Marauder, like the Cougar, wasn’t your grandparent’s car!
So coming up is my write-up on the Mercury Marauder.
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I have a couple commercial ventures on the near horizon:
1. Certified Auto Appraiser – I’m about to finish my certification and will be specializing in Classic, Muscle, Antique and speciality cars.
2. Auto restoration project management. Focus is on those individuals that love their cars, but don’t have the time nor the experience to know what needs to be done. I’m actually waiting for my first car. It is a 1975 VW Bug coming all the way from Iowa City, Iowa, should be here this will for inspection and the beginning of its restoration.
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