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Old 06-05-2010, 08:41 PM
 
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Hmmm well the only real personal memory is with my uncle's 78 Mercury Marquis Brougham I sold a few months ago. Besides being green I liked the car. I've yet to have my own Mercury(although I've got some prospects now on a 50 coupe and 67 Park Lane), I have owned various Continentals and a Thunderbird. I've been in many a Town Car too.

I'd love to have a Cyclone, early Cougar, 50s convertible, etc. I think a cool custom Mercury would be an 83 LN7 with a frame swap to something RWD and drive train switched to a 289/4spd or 302/5spd. With some mods to the LN7s and Exps, you can basically have a 2 seater Capri/Mustang.
I passed up a 66 cyclone GT several years ago for 4 thousand bucks...Today that car would be worth GOLD,,,very rare now even more so that the 66 GT ,GTA fairlane.
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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My aunt purchased a brand new 1995 Mercury Villager GS minivan (basically a Nissan Quest) in June of 1995 for around $21K. She traded in her 1991 Honda Accord LX coupe in on it. I remember it (the van) falling apart about a year later, but that was the most car-like van I had ever driven... drive train was so smooth... had the 3.0L Nissan V6, but it had a recall on it or something because of potential engine knocking. She traded it in 2001 for a new Altima, which she still has!
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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I've enjoyed reading this thread. I learned to drive in my mom's 62 Comet wagon. Green, 6 cyl and automatic. I rarely drove it on the road. Most of my excursions were around our back yard, but I got the feel of how a car handled. There was one song in particular that seemed to always be on the radio while I was practicing in that summer of 1969 - The Grass Roots' Midnight Confessions, which I will forever associate with the car.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Oh, how could I forget since someone mentioned Comet.

Back in the mid 1980s, my dad had a 1962 or 1963 Mercury Comet 2dr sedan. 6-cyl, 3 on the tree.

I think it was a 63.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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I'm devastated about Ford dropping Mercury. First the Crown Vic gone, now the Grand Marquis! Well, I'll just have to buy 1 or 2 more before they're all snapped up by the people who know a gem when they drive one.

My daily driver is 1999 Grand Marquis that I bought from an elderly neighbor when he traded up to a new model. We're way over 200,000 miles now and it still runs like a new car; engine purrs, transmission shifts smoothly and quietly, it rides & steers nicely and gets great mpg. Very, very comfy. I just put new tires on it and it's ready to go another 100,000 :-)

Was really hoping that devotees of this car would start a Campaign to Keep the Land Yacht - one of the last great American tanks! er, cars! :->
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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I'm devastated about Ford dropping Mercury. First the Crown Vic gone, now the Grand Marquis! Well, I'll just have to buy 1 or 2 more before they're all snapped up by the people who know a gem when they drive one.

My daily driver is 1999 Grand Marquis that I bought from an elderly neighbor when he traded up to a new model. We're way over 200,000 miles now and it still runs like a new car; engine purrs, transmission shifts smoothly and quietly, it rides & steers nicely and gets great mpg. Very, very comfy. I just put new tires on it and it's ready to go another 100,000 :-)

Was really hoping that devotees of this car would start a Campaign to Keep the Land Yacht - one of the last great American tanks! er, cars! :->
Yes, they are very underrated cars.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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My favorite Mercury was the '67 Cougar. Never owned one. I always wanted one as a kid, but by the time I was old enough to drive, they were in that intermediate phase of being old, but not yet classic. I looked at a few, but they were all in very rough condition and I couldn't afford the repairs to get them running.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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My favorite Mercury was the '67 Cougar. Never owned one. I always wanted one as a kid, but by the time I was old enough to drive, they were in that intermediate phase of being old, but not yet classic. I looked at a few, but they were all in very rough condition and I couldn't afford the repairs to get them running.
Yes, I would pick a '67-'68 with the 390-cu-in engine.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:46 PM
 
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Yeah those original Cougars were nice. I saw a vert driving around the other day. Much less common than a Mustang too.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:02 AM
 
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Had a 65 mec monterey, 390 engine. biggest gas hog I ever owned.GTOlover said he got 10mpg. That would have made me feel lucky.
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