When it comes to automotive interior amenities, priorities have shifted in the past 40 years. In 2021, automotive journalists rate vehicles by the number of USB ports, climate zones and cup holders. In the 1980s, those options weren’t on anyone’s radar. Instead, manufacturers focused on maximizing cabin capacity for something completely different: the number of ashtrays.
The Pick of the Day is a 1982 Mercury Grand Marquis sedan listed on ClassicCars.com, which the seller note has four ashtrays, one for each rear door. Who knew just how important it was for Americans to light up?
The private seller in Howell, Michigan, emphasizes that these ashtrays, however, haven’t been used.
“Ashtrays shine,” the listing states. The ad goes on to describe the condition of this 34,000-mile, nearly 40-year-old Grand Marquis sedan, which appears to shine on the exterior just as much as those ashtrays shine on the inside.
“Original owner. No wrecks, no dents, no rust. Well cared-for,” the listing states.
Indeed, the exterior and the interior finishes appear to be in near showroom condition. The photo gallery accompanying the Grand Marquis ad shows plush velour seating for six, thanks to a dual-bench front-seat configuration.
The Grand Marquis was sold between 1975 and 2011, evolving through four generations until the Mercury brand as a whole was phased out. From 1979 through 2011, the Grand Marquis shared the rear-wheel-drive Panther platform with the Ford Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car. This is a first-generation example, powered by a 302cid V8 mated to a 4-speed overdrive automatic.
Interior differences that set the Grand Marquis apart from the lower-tier Crown Victoria were relatively few but included brushed stainless-steel dashboard trim and a two-square instrument cluster design as opposed to the horizontal speedometer in the Crown Vic.
The car’s primary competitors were the Buick Electra, Oldsmobile 98 and the Chrysler New Yorker – all boxy, executive people-movers from an era when V8 power, rear-wheel-drive and cushy creature comforts were seen as critical attributes.
At only 34,475 original miles, this Grand Marquis is ready for years of comfortable cruising. The seller states that the maintenance is up to date, the Michelin tires have good tread life, and the car runs perfectly.
Pick up a pack of Marlboros and three of your closest friends for a taste of 1982 luxury, Grand Marquis style. At least all those ashtrays could double as a place for your gum wrappers.
The seller is asking $11,995.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.