Pick of the Day: 1964 Mercury Monterey

1964 Mercury Monterey has the Marauder's big-block engine
1964 Mercury Monterey has the Marauder’s big-block engine

The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Mercury Monterey four-door sedan with the popular and even show-stopping “Breezeway” electric rear window. But wait, there’s more… much more.

This car comes from a private seller whose advertisement on ClassicCars.com notes that the car is “original, unrestored” and “runs and drives like a new car.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Mercury Marauder

The 1963 Mercury Marauder is powered by a 300-horsepower big-block V8
The 1963 Mercury Marauder is powered by a 300-horsepower big-block V8

The argument over who built the first muscle cars will never be settled, but here is a sports classic from the early 1960s with all the style and performance that defines the species. And check out that roofline.

The Pick of the Day, a 1963 Mercury Marauder two-door hardtop, is a 59,000-mile survivor powered by a 390 cid V8 rated at 300 horsepower, according to the seller’s listing on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Mercury Deluxe coupe

The 1950 Mercury Deluxe coupe is advertised as a perserved original in great condition
The 1950 Mercury Deluxe coupe is advertised as a perserved original in great condition

A week ago, the Pick of the Day was a striking 1949 Mercury old-school custom done in the “lead-sled” style. Mercurys from that era were ultra popular for customizing, especially when actor James Dean was seen driving a chopped Merc in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause.

So finding an all-original 1950 Mercury Deluxe coupe in apparently pristine condition, such as today’s Pick, is certainly a rare treat, especially one that’s advertised with a reasonable price tag. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1949 Mercury custom coupe

The 1949 Mercury “lead sled” gleams under its original custom paint job, according to the seller
The 1949 Mercury “lead sled” gleams under its original custom paint job, according to the seller

The 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August spotlighted a special class of some of the most emblematic of classic street rods, brawny Mercury “lead sleds” of the late’40s and early ’50s, so-called because of the customizers’ lavish use of lead filler to smooth and sculpt the luscious bodies. Nosed, decked, channeled, shaved, lowered, chopped, frenched and customized in the most baroque of fashions, these Mercurys defined the car culture of their day.

The Pick of the Day is a 1949 Mercury custom coupe done in the lead-sled style, a former show car built in the 1960s or ’70s, according to the North Royalton, Ohio, classic car dealer who has the car listed for sale on ClassicCars.com. The coupe is apparently in decent original condition, although the seller notes that it could use some freshening. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Mercury Marauder

Marauder was Mercury's vehicle for stock car racing in the mid-1960s
Marauder was Mercury’s vehicle for stock car racing in the mid-1960s

With Chevrolet and Pontiac dominating the stock car racing tracks and with Chrysler about to equip a youngster named Richard Petty with a Hemi-powered Plymouth, Ford and Mercury needed a way to become more competitive in the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” circuit.

During the 1963 model year, Ford stretched a fastback roofline over its full-size Galaxie and Mercury’s Monterey coupes. The Ford was sold as the Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop and the Mercury as the Marauder. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Mercury coupe

The 1950 Mercury coupe is described as an ‘original, unmolested’ survivor
The 1950 Mercury coupe is described as an ‘original, unmolested’ survivor

The 60th anniversary of the fatal crash of Hollywood icon James Dean was September 30, which passed without all that much hoopla. Although Dean was killed in his Porsche 550 roadster, there is another classic car that remains strongly associated with the film star: The custom 1949 Mercury coupe he drove in Rebel Without a Cause.

The Pick of the Day is a 1950 Mercury two-door coupe, essentially the same as the 1949 model, and highly unusual in that it remains in all-original condition, the seller says, rather than being turned into a chopped and channeled “lead sled.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente

The Comet Caliente looks sharp and clean in the photos
The Comet Caliente looks sharp and clean in the photos

You gotta love sleepers. This 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente hardtop might not technically be called a sleeper since it is a high-performance version of the midsize Mercury of the era, but this one has been upgraded with a 347 cid “stroker” V8 that should startle stoplight challengers.

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Cool Mercury customs featured at Pebble Beach Concours

The chopped and channeled Mercury set the style of early ’50s cool | Pebble Beach Concours
The chopped and channeled Mercury set the style for early ’50s cool | Pebble Beach Concours

Ken Gross remembers watching the coolest guy at Salem High School drive down the street, all James Dean with a pack of Lucky Strikes rolled up in his sleeve, at the wheel of his customized, chopped-top ’51 Mercury. Looking at that ride, with its flipper hubcaps catching the light, its rumbling exhausts, and a customized body all sleek and mean, Gross thought, “Man, I’d love to be that guy.”

More than half a century later, Gross – now a celebrated automotive historian, museum curator and author, as well as a Selection Committee Member and a Chief Class Judge for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – has made it his mission to bring a measure of cool this year to the 18th Fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Gross has put together the first-ever postwar class of Mercury Customs to be shown at the Concours, which takes place Sunday, August 16. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Mercury Cougar

The Mercury Cougar makes an upscale alternative to a Ford Mustang
The Mercury Cougar makes an upscale alternative to a Ford Mustang

When is a classic Ford Mustang not a Mustang? When it is a Mercury Cougar.

The Mercury Cougar was a more luxurious version of the Mustang and offered a nicer interior, slightly different styling and, many say, better fit and finish. The Cougar cost more money when new than the Mustang was and never had the success of the Mustang in the marketplace. This continues to hold true as the Cougar is still priced much lower than the Mustang in the classic car market.

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Pick of the day: 1963 Mercury Comet convertible

Wife says its time to sell this 1963 Mercury Comet
Wife says its time to sell this 1963 Mercury Comet

‘The wife says… Must sell,” according to the private party offering this 1963 Mercury Comet convertible for sale.

“This vehicle is in very good condition considering it being almost all original,” he continues in his classified advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

“Seat covers are new, have been changed, and little else. You can drive the car every day if you desire. It has the 260 V8 and runs excellent. The paint is original and shows worn spots but no major scratches or dents. Just had it cut and buffed and it looks great.” Continue reading