Classics Just Listed: A Pair of Very Different Cars from Mercury

04:06  28 november  2017
04:06  28 november  2017 Source:   Automobile

Just Listed: 1986 Ford Mustang SVO

  Just Listed: 1986 Ford Mustang SVO <p>A fascinating footnote of Mustang history</p>As emissions and fuel efficiency regulations began to throttle the industry, Ford looked to the future. Serving as a testbed for both market interest and adolescent turbocharging technology, the SVO was an incredibly forward-thinking car.

Outside of marque-specific car shows and local cruise-ins, it’s been a while since Mercury crossed our minds. Despite languishing during its final years of existence, Ford Motor Company’s bygone middle child produced some fascinating cars over the years.

Despite languishing during its final years of existence, FoMoCo’s bygone middle child produced some fascinating cars over the years. For those Mercury die-hards out there, Bring a Trailer’s got two very , very different examples of the breed

Outside of marquee-specific car shows and local cruise-ins, it's been a while since Mercury has crossed our minds. Despite languishing during its final years of existence, FoMoCo's bygone middle child produced some fascinating cars over the years. For those Mercury die-hards out there, Bring a Trailer's got two very, very different examples of the breed, each hailing from different eras and sit in very different condition.

Just Listed: 1986 Ford Mustang SVO

  Just Listed: 1986 Ford Mustang SVO <p>A fascinating footnote of Mustang history</p>As emissions and fuel efficiency regulations began to throttle the industry, Ford looked to the future. Serving as a testbed for both market interest and adolescent turbocharging technology, the SVO was an incredibly forward-thinking car.

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The final years of the brand might have been filled with tepid, rebadged Ford SUVs and uninspired sedans, but during Mercury's 75-year history, it turned out some seriously hot cars. You can't have a discussion about interesting Mercury models without first touching the legendary Cougar XR-7, one of which is part of BaT's Mercury duo.

a car parked in a parking lot© Automobile Magazine Staff

Essentially a contemporary Ford Mustang in cashmere drag, the first-gen Cougar was the gentleman's muscle bruiser. The upscale Pony car proved popular, and found its way into the Trans-Am racing circuit, nearly winning the manufacturer's title in 1967. Real-deal Trans-Am Cougars are rare and highly coveted, putting them out of the reach of most muscle enthusiasts.

Just Listed: Well-Documented 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS

  Just Listed: Well-Documented 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS <p>A car that’s remained with the same owner for 30 years</p>The current owner purchased this Fly Yellow 308 from a dealer in 1987, then wearing 17,229 miles on the clock. The car has enjoyed regular exercise during its life in Northern California, now showing 59,419 miles on the odometer.

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Faced with high six-figure price tags, this gold-over-blue '68 Cougar Trans-Am tribute was built by Scotty Hackenson of Cobra Automotive in Connecticut. Power comes from a 5.7-liter (347 ci) Ford V-8, loaded with all manner of goodies including JE pistons, forged crank, Hedman headers, and a Holly 750 carburetor. Power is shipped to the rear wheels through a four-speed Ford Toploader transmission and a 9-inch Ford rear-end with a limited-slip differential.

a blue car parked in a parking lot© Automobile Magazine Staff

Inside, a full stripped-out interior includes cage, harnesses, fire suppression system, and racing seats. Around back, a fuel cell feeds the V-8 up front. To remain competitive on the vintage racing circuit, the Cougar wears a special suspension with Koni dampers and upgraded rear leaf-springs. At all four corners, disc brakes were substituted for the original system.

Travel to the other side of the Mercury product range, and you'll run headfirst into the long line of cushy highway cruisers. If you find cross-country ambles more appealing than hot, smoky trackdays, BaT's 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis is the better Mercury.

Cars Without Fake Grilles

  Cars Without Fake Grilles If you had to pick the automotive equivalent of Spanx, a pretty safe bet would be fake grilles . They serve a purely aesthetic purpose, and they accomplish that purpose via a little bit of harmless subterfuge. They’re fake, and they’re all over nearly every car on the market today. Have you wondered what cars would look like if grille design was focused on honesty? Of course you have.

Just Listed : A Pair of Very Different Cars from Mercury . Conversely, if the system believes the driver is facing ahead and paying attention, it won’t intrude with braking until the very last moment.

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Wearing an astounding 15,000 miles on the odometer, this big boat is a rare time capsule of a car that we're not sure was worth saving in the first place. Like the Cougar, power comes from a Ford V-8, only this time in 5.0-liter displacement. A four-speed automatic transmission manages the 150 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque on tap, giving it performance best suited for sitting at 80 mph for hours on end rather than smokin' them at each stoplight sprint.

Inside, it's as clean as the exterior, with minimal wear present on switchgear and touchpoints. According to the CarFax, there was an accident reported back in 2005, but no details are available, and the car appears to be in near-pristine condition.

1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 Just Listed Front Three Quarters© Automobile Magazine Staff 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 Just Listed Front Three Quarters

Check out both the 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Trans-Am tribute and the one-owner 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis before time's up over at Bring a Trailer.

Just Listed: 1959 Pontiac Catalina .
<p>A big-body Pontiac with bright red paint, tailfins, and three-on-the-tree</p>This is from the short lived, two-year run of Catalinas from 1959 to 1960, when the "Catalina" badge made its first appearance as a replacement for the Chieftan and Super Chief models. The short run was split into two distinct model years, with a different style for both 1959 and 1960. The 1959 is the handsomest and most charming of the two, featuring a split grille, tailfins, and partially hidden rear wheels, a collective of design features that embody the 1950s.

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