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1965 Mercury Marauder


Marauder was Mercury's vehicle for stock car racing in the mid-1960s
Marauder was Mercury’s vehicle for stock car racing in the mid-1960s

With Chevrolet and Pontiac dominating the stock car racing tracks and with Chrysler about to equip a youngster named Richard Petty with a Hemi-powered Plymouth, Ford and Mercury needed a way to become more competitive in the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” circuit.

During the 1963 model year, Ford stretched a fastback roofline over its full-size Galaxie and Mercury’s Monterey coupes. The Ford was sold as the Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop and the Mercury as the Marauder.

Our Pick of the Day is a 1964 Marauder Marauder coupe (four-door versions were added to the lineup for ’64). The car is located in Austin, Texas, and the private owner is asking $15,000, well less than the car figures to be worth after restoration.

The owner calls the exterior “patina white.” The photos in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com show a slightly more bluish shade on the right-rear quarter panel, and there’s some rust to be repaired, but the owner promises the “chrome is in a very good condition considering its age” and the photos seem to verify that statement.

The ad also notes that the 390-cid V8 engine was overhauled about five year ago by the previous owner, “just before I bought it,” the seller says, and that the factory AC “blows nice and cold.”

The car also has an automatic transmission with column-mounted shifter, factory power steering and rides on Crager wheels that are “in good condition,” according to the ad.

While the exterior appears to need some work, photos show a red interior that truly does look to be in good condition. The seller notes there are “no scratches or tears in the seating,” which has vinyl-covered bench seats front and rear, and that the car has a “new carpet and headliner.”

The advertisement says the odometer shows 90,000 miles.

While the “engine starts and runs strong,” the seller says the “starter motor is not turning as fast as previously” and while the brakes work, they “could do with new shoes.”741127_21939630_1964_Mercury_Marauder

With the interior already “partially restored,” it appears that with some mechanical under the hood and wheel wells and some cosmetic work on the interior, this Marauder could be a nifty and show-worthy cruiser.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.







Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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