The Pick of the Day was Ford’s response to the Chevy Impala SS
Ford’s answer to the successful rebirth of the Chevrolet Impala SS in the early 2000s was the Mercury Marauder, repurposing a performance nameplate from the 1960s. The beefy full-size sedan was dialed-in with sport suspension and a 4.6-liter dual-overhead-cam V8 from the Mustang Mach 1.
“Beautiful car, excellent condition, very well-maintained by owner/mechanic who used to own his own service station until he retired,” the seller says in the ad. “The owner purchased this car brand new in 2003 as he was looking for a performance car he could get in and out of easily/comfortably.”
The Marauder was basically a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with the same heavy-duty suspension and brakes, anti-sway bars and dual exhaust, although perked up with sporty gauges, leather seats and 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires.
The V8 was good for 302 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque, which provided solid acceleration for the two-ton car, fed through a 4-speed automatic transmission and limited-slip differential.
The monochromatic paint scheme in dark colors gave Marauder the same sort of sinister appearance as the Impala SS, although in the rear-view mirror, it looks more or less like a patrol car on your tail. The sedan is well-equipped with adaptive climate control, 8-way power seats and white-faced Autometer Pro Comp analog gauges.
Unlike the Impala, the Marauder was not a great success, with just over 11,000 of them sold in 2003-04, after which they were discontinued. About 7,000 were produced in Black, and this is one of them.
These are good-driving cars, the solid police-cruiser underpinnings providing much crisper handling than the civilian-class Mercury Grand Marquis. Acceleration is not exactly in muscle-car territory, but the overall package is well done.
The seller says the Mercury is in great condition “with absolutely no rust” and ready to drive.
The specialty sedan is priced at just $16,000, and while these cars have had scant notice from collectors thus far, who knows? It just might be a future classic.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.10 comments