There was once a time when Mercury (while extant) wasn’t Ford’s patsy sibling, when the cars they made commanded respect on the street and when they had fear-inspiring names. Sadly, the ’60s was the last time that happened, unless the Grand Marquis scares you. But this 1965 Park Lane Marauder sports a potent 390-ci V8 rated at 330-hp according to the seller. There was only one option for a more powerful engine that year, the dual-carb 427/425hp V8.
As evocative as the Marauder term is, it merely meant the body-style was a two- or four-door pillarless hard top in 1965. This two-door hard top is clean throughout the interior and on the exterior. The engine bay isn’t dirty, but it also isn’t as detailed as the remainder of the car. Underneath shots show no obvious rust. The car was repainted in Polar White and the interior reupholstered in 2003, explaining their remarkable condition.
Options and features included on the car are a/c, power steering, power brakes (new master cylinder presumably fitted during time of paint job), tilt wheel, power antenna, AM radio and clock. The clock is “the only thing on the car that is not operational.” Odd, however, are the Lincoln branded hubcaps.
Just 21 1965 Mercury Park Lanes have sold on eBay Motors in the last three years. Very few of them were in the Marauder body style. The best examples averaged $12k. Click here to view the auction listing.