For one year only, Ford’s upscale Mercury brand offered a production V8 lauded as the first to hit the magical output of 400 horsepower.
Called the Super Marauder, the 430cid engine fed by triple two-barrel Holly carburetors was a rare option for 1958 models, with estimates that only 100 were produced. For 1959, the engine was detuned and lost its standing as most-powerful U.S. V8.
The Pick of the Day is a 1958 Mercury Montclair two-door hardtop with full period regalia, a “breezeway” power rear window, fender skirts, and one of those seldom-seen Super Marauder V8 engines.
“A truly amazing example of a fabulous fifties cruiser!” exclaims the Orlando, Florida, dealer advertising the Merc on ClassicCars.com.
Marauder was the name of a family of V8 big-block engines that went into Mercurys, Edsels and Lincolns, with sizes ranging from 383 to 430 cubic inches, and horsepower rated from 330 to 360. But only Mercury got the full-on triple-Holly version that peaked at a thunderous 400 horses.
Covering those carbs is an aluminum air-cleaner housing unique to the Super Marauder that proclaims in bold lettering “400 H.P” at the top, and “Super MARAUDER” at the bottom. If nothing else, the housing is a beautiful piece of engine-compartment jewelry.
Besides the powerful engine, this Montclair is fully dressed in period fashion, with the rear fender skirts, a massive continental-kit spare in back and wide whitewalls, ornamenting the already over-the-top chrome-plated styling features of the ’58 Mercury. The hardtop looks exceedingly long, low and very sparkly, definitely an attention getter wherever it goes.
The Mercury is equipped with full power features for the steering, brakes, windows and seats, including the optional memory driver seat, the seller says. Twin radio antennas slide out from the upper corners of the windshield.
While there’s no mention in the ad of mileage or restoration history, this car looks like it has been at least cosmetically refurbished, with the paint, trim and interior looking fresh in the photos. The ad does include a number of photos of a vintage magazine article about the Super Marauder V8, which is quite cool.
The rare performance-engine option and overall fine condition moves this Mercury up the value ladder, the dealer asking a significant $65,000, which is about the top of the pricing range, according to the value guides.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.