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

04:06  28 november  2017
04:06  28 november  2017 Source:   automobilemag.com

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.

For those Mercury die-hards out there, Bring a Trailer’s got two very , very different examples of the breed, each 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 .

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: 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.

Sometimes, though, he’s found it fun to make up fish stories about the car just to see what kind of reaction he can get. The pair didn’t try to bring the Mercury back to factory-original spec’s and appearance, but they would have With the Dark Metallic Gray, it’s a very subtle color combination.

This Mercury Park Lane convertible makes a nice alternative to a Ford, with somewhat different lines and some more exclusivity. Thanks, Jim S., for finding yet another pair of cars that I really like! 4-speeds are very rare in ’66; Mercury did not promote them at all.

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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.

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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.

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It was the Mercury version of the Ford Fairmont. This Meteor features a V8 paired with an automatic and is claimed to have just 65,000 miles! That’s one of the reasons I have so much car knowledge, just because of the different cars I bought for that purpose over Click here to list your car for sale.

Currently, the Mercury brand includes just four models. Mercury came about to combat midpriced cars from Oldsmobile and Dodge in 1939. The Mercury Marauder makes our list as much for its name, which has great alliteration and is decidedly non-PC.

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.

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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.

This 100,000-Mile 1985 Chevy Corvette Is Listed for $1 Million

  This 100,000-Mile 1985 Chevy Corvette Is Listed for $1 Million <p>Apparently, this thing is not cheap.</p>Americans love and cherish Corvettes for being the country's first, and potentially longest running, true sports car. Seemingly every generation has been iconic for one thing or another, and its capability against European competition is undoubtedly respectable. Though old Corvettes are extremely common here in America, it's a bit different in Canada. Those guys love their muscle cars just as much as Americans do, and this Canadian has listed his 1985 C4 'Vette with 160,000 kilometers for, get this, $1,350,000 CAD.

May 6, 2017 • USA • 19 Comments. Very Pretty Kitty: 1968 Mercury Cougar. By Jamie Palmer. Mechanically the 67 has a very different front strut rod system from the 68. Click here to list your car for sale.

But what makes Mercury Insurance different than the dozens of car insurance companies out there? Mercury scored 3 out of 5 stars in every category except appraisal and repair process, where it notched a pair of two-star ratings.

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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.

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