Curbside Capsule: 2004 Mercury Marauder – Best Laid Plans

This isn’t the car I wanted to be writing about, but it would seem my best laid plans have gone slightly awry. Such is life I suppose. With everything going on in the world it’s important to remember to find joy in the little things, like the subject of today’s car. Well… maybe not so little after all.

This Marauder was found as I was on an evening walk, rounding the fire station on the corner when I happened to glance at the bumper of the Panther body I was all set to ignore.

Now THAT is a name I hadn’t seen on a Panther body before. I knew I was looking at the swan song of the Panther body line. One last shot for the stars by Mercury before it was all over.

Making over 300 horsepower and using many of the same parts as the police pursuit vehicle, the Marauder was a great, big, body-on-frame salute to the American ideal of a muscle car (even if it was a sedan, which doesn’t disqualify it in my book)

The wind in the sails of this land yacht was really the reason one purchased this car. Instead of the regular single overhead cam Ford modular V8, this Mercury was blessed with the dual overhead cam version of that same basic engine. It was shared with the Lincoln Navigator and Mustang Mach 1 from that same era.

While this little article was not what I wanted to be writing about at this time, I’m glad I did. This car wore a temp tag that showed it was recently purchased, and I hope the new owner enjoys their rather special ride. (Although I hope they replace the lug nut on the wheel I took a picture of!)

Rosie, my 1961 Corvair Monza is undergoing some engine work (and is the reason for my postponing her COAL) and will be the subject of my next article. I hope you all stay safe and healthy in the meantime!