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

My Classic Car: David’s 1970 Mercury ‘Hound’s-tooth’ Cougar

A two-owner 'Hound's tooth' 1970 Mercury Cougar | David Branham photos
A two-owner ‘Hound’s tooth’ 1970 Mercury Cougar | David Branham photos

I am the second owner of this car purchased in 1976 from a retired Air Force colonel who had been stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma.  He swore the car had never been wet… During military training he had been struck by lightning, so he said that, “every time if I’m out and I see storm clouds brewing, I rush home and the car goes back in the garage.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1934 Ford/Mercury hot rod pickup truck

The 1934 ‘Mercury’ pickup won the Goodguys Builders Choice Award
The 1934 ‘Mercury’ pickup won the Goodguys Builders Choice Award

The blue custom pickup truck is listed on ClassicCars.com as a 1934 Ford, but the advertiser is quick to note, in actuality this truck has been made into something that never before existed.

“Up for sale we have a 1934 Mercury pickup,” the seller says. “Before you pick up the phone and call us, we know they didn’t make a ’34 Mercury pickup. However, if they did, we sure hope it would have looked like this.” Continue reading

Hagerty Market Rating in June swoon

Hagerty Market Rating-june2015

Prices may continue to soar at collector car auctions, but the June report of the Hagerty Market Rating sustained its largest decline in the past 14 months, in part because of what Hagerty called “diminishing expert sentiment” in its monthly market rating news release.

The monthly rating was at an all-time high of 72.04 in May, but analysts for the company that sells classic car insurance, and tracks and publishes car valuation guides, noted: Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ray’s 1964 Mercury Meteor

1964 Mercury Meteor accumulated miles and stories on family vacations | Ray Tuck photos
1964 Mercury Meteor accumulated miles and stories on family vacations | Ray Tuck photos

This is my 1964 Mercury Meteor 4-door hard top in Skyline Blue color. She has a 352-cid V8, Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission, no power steering, no power brakes, no Breezeway window, AM radio, clock, seat belts in the front seat only and the largest trunk I’ve seen. This car is fun to drive and was the last year of the tail fins on the rear fenders. Continue reading