Mercury Marauder

In 1969, the Marauder became a distinct model of its own. It faced competition in the personal luxury market and the Marauder had a 360 hp engine. Most versions had bucket seats with a floor console housing the U-shaped automatic transmission shift handle and the sporty Kelsey-Hayes stylized road wheels. Previously, the Mercury Marauder was the name of different automobiles made by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company. The earlier Marauder was a V8-engined large automobile. It was released as a mid 1963 model as a two-door fastback hardtop version of the full-size Mercury. This particular version of Marauders was offered from the 1963 to 1965 and then again from 1969 to 1970. This Fastback roofline was created for both the Mercury Marauder and the Ford Galaxie for NASCAR competition, and may have helped with the many 1963 and 1964 Ford Mercury victories. In 1964, the Marauder name was used to designate both two and four door models of the Mercury Monterey, the Montclair and the Park Lane. The Marauder enjoyed unassuming success as the touted Turnpike Cruiser, which was aimed at the high performance sporty family car segment. This market proved difficult to establish any decent production numbers with only 15,000 cars sold in 1969 and barely a third of that in 1970. This was not exactly going the way Ford and Mercury had hoped. From 2003 to 2004, Ford produced the Marauder as a "high-performance" version of the Mercury Grand Marquis sedan, which was comparable to the 1994-96 Chevrolet Impala SS. Originally, the Marauders were produced in only in black although, eventually the Marauder was offered in silver, blue, and red, but in limited quantities. When will these companies learn that people don’t like being told they can only get the model in one color. This attempt has failed time and time again.