Car: Mercury Marquis Brougham
What makes it special: The Mercury Marquis is a model line of entry-level luxury vehicles that was marketed by the Mercury division from 1967 to 1986. Mercury Marquis, particularly in Brougham form, is a pretty nice looking representative from that era’s FoMoCo styling. While it handles a bit more like a boat than a car, there is a lot to be said for these Mercury’s. They have most of the luxury features you will need or want.
What made it famous: This generation introduced the hidden headlights that were a Lincoln-Mercury trademark in the 1970s. 1972 brought minor changes such as egg-crate grilles, revised taillamps and seatbelt warning buzzers. The standard engine was a 429 cubic-inch V8 equipped with a two-barrel carburetor. The four-barrel 429 from the Marauder was optional. The sole transmission for the Marquis and all full-size Lincolns and Mercury’s of the period was the Ford C6 3-speed automatic. Power front disc brakes were optional. During 1972, the 460 cubic inch V8 was made optional.
Why I would want one: Sure, it’s what many would call a “Land Yacht,” but if you are into the larger cruisers, this is a different approach to the usual large Buick’s, Oldsmobile’s or Cadillac’s of the 70’s era.
Fun fact: Deriving its name from a French nobility title, the Mercury Marquis was sold across four generations as the divisional counterpart of the Ford LTD.
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