The Fox-bodied 1983-86 Ford LTD and Mercury Marquis are getting pretty scarce around here. However, I did catch this one last spring–the same day I discovered the Schuco 1967 Cadillac, as a matter of fact. It looked pretty decent for its age, with just one missing wheel cover and minor rust.
The local birds seemed to like it too, though the Marquis’ owner probably doesn’t appreciate that, if you know what I mean. I believe this is a 1985, judging from the taillights and wheel covers.
Here’s a 1983-84, for comparison’s sake.
If the front was visible, you would be able to see the new grille for that year, which rounded out the changes for 1985-86 before the model was discontinued in favor of the Taurus/Sable.
Essentially a restyled 1978-83 Fairmont/Zephyr, the 1983 Marquis and its LTD sibling were meant to replace the 1979-up Panthers, but when the economy recovered in ’83 and full-size cars began selling again, the biggies continued as “Grand Marquis” and “LTD Crown Victoria.”
For its first year on the market, the outgoing Zephyr was sold alongside the “downsized” Marquis. Much like the 1975 Monarch and its predecessor, the awkwardly-bumpered Comet, were sold side-by-side in 1975-77.
Initial 1983 Fox Marquises were available in your choice of a four-door sedan or station wagon (Di-Noc woodgrain optional). A 2.3L four with four speed manual was standard equipment, with the 3.3L straight six and 3.8L V6 optional. Later on, you could get your Marquis with the 5.0L V8. Of course, a Brougham trim level was available.
I am always reminded of Beverly Hills Cop when I see one of these–the only time I remember seeing one in a movie.Who could forget the scene where Foley sends an early supper to Taggart and Rosewood in their BHPD Marquis, then incapacitates it with a banana?
Plus, when I was a kid our next-door neighbors, the Ohlweilers, had a beige LTD sedan of this vintage. It replaced a similarly beige Fairmont sedan. I was about five when they got the LTD, and I remember liking it a lot better than the boxy Fairmont. In about 1990-91 the LTD was replaced with a fully loaded Taurus LX sedan, in a rather attractive cinnamon color.
Have we still not done a full CC on one of these cars? If I ever catch up with the two-tone navy blue over light blue 1983-84 Marquis Brougham I will correct that, but every time I’ve seen it, it’s been on the move! Until then, this one will have to do.