Thursday, October 22, 2015

V8 Hardtop: 1963 Mercury Marauder

You know the formula. It has been this way for years and I don't care what decade you pick, this is guaranteed to be correct.  Here it is: 2 doors + big V8 + bench seats + NASCAR inspired roofline + column shifted auto + original teal green paint =  winner.  That simple.  Find this 1963 Mercury Marauder offered for 1963 Mercury Marauder here on eBay bidding for $12,601 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Elkhorn, NE.

The 1963 Mercury Marauder was released as a 2-door hardtop/fastback based on the full sized Ford platform shared with the Ford Fairlane/Galaxie & Mercury Monterey/Montclair/Park Lane.  It was an enormous piece of metal with a big Mercury shaped grill out front and vestigial tailfins receding into the fenders.

Powering the Marauder is a 390 FE V8 (the smallest available engine, the optional upgrade was a 406 or 427) rated at 300 horsepower and 427 ft-lbs of torque when equipped with a 4-bbl carburetor.  Power goes to a 3-speed Cruise-o-matic slushbox that will work just fine for cruising.

This was never designed to stop or turn quickly, so the original slippery bench seat will be just fine as long as you hang onto the steering wheel during any sudden changes in direction. 

See a better original paint classic from the muscle car era?


  1. So much want. I would take this over just about any new car.

  2. That's scotch green, not teal at all. The pictures don't seem to show the true color, at least not on my screen.

    I grew up in a 4-door Monterey in this color, with the breezeway window.

    1. In the mid-80's we had a beautiful white 4-door 1964 Parklane with the breezeway window as the family car. (The wife humors me!)
      I bought it with 45,000 original miles. With aftermarket 15 inch wheels and rear air bags it really improved the stance and the look.
      It was perfect for the family and California weather. A huge trunk for all the kid related stuff, lots of interior room, and a hitch to pull the jet boat. The rear window could even be opened when it was raining.
      The build quality and material quality was very high. It was joy to sit in the interior and look around at the door panels and the instrument cluster.
      I sold it after we moved back to Michigan. (It made the cross-country trip with zero problems towing a large U-Haul trailer)

      I even had a white 1964 Galaxie 500XL bucket seat fastback parked next to it in the garage.
      I need to scan my old Polaroid pictures!

  3. This needs a 4 speed....I wonder if it could have been ordered. If you have to have a slush box this is way cooler than most.......but still....


Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.