The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 208
1965 Mercury Park Lane Marauder Coupe

Selling on Saturday

1965 Mercury Park Lane Marauder Coupe

CHASSIS NO: 5W67Z542035

• Showing just over 51,000 original miles from new
• 1 of 6,853 produced
• Lovely original Olive Mist painted surfaces
• V-8 power and luxury are combined in this rare Mercury

390 cid Super Marauder V-8 engine, 266 HP, automatic transmission, independent coil spring and hydraulic shock front suspension, rear live axle multi-link suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 123

The Mercury Park Lane Marauder is an automobile nameplate that was used by three distinct full-size cars produced by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company. Deriving its name from the most powerful engines available to the Mercury line, the Marauder was marketed as the highest-performance version of the full-size product range. Exclusively used in the Marauder, the 390 cubic-inch HIPO Super Marauder V-8 with a big four-barrel carburetor pushes 266 horsepower and makes this the highest performance Mercury of the era.

This lovely 1965 Olive Mist Marauder is highly original, with virtually no rust showing due to the rustproofed underbody. The paint finish is excellent, the chrome and stainless trim is clean and straight, and the car features lovely chrome wheels with Goodrich T/A radial tires. Nearly everything about the 1965 Marauder was new, and largely influenced by big brother Lincoln, such as slab-side flanks, a raised horizontal bar grille, and three elegant roof treatments, such as the full vinyl roof on this car.

Inside, the impression is equally strong, with a nice clean and flaw-free bucket seat interior, with good clean carpets and door panels creating a warm and comfortable interior. The handsome silver-trimmed instrument panel sports clean round gauges with crisp and clear badging throughout. Under the expansive hood, the 390 cubic-inch V-8 sits in line with the Merc-o-matic automatic transmission, both in fine clean condition with the factory fittings. This car exhibits all the characteristics of a low-mileage, well-cared-for car, and its overall condition certainly supports the low 51,000 miles showing on the odometer. Finding an unmolested example of a performance Mercury from this era is like finding a treasure chest of Americana, and you can rest assured that the new owner will enjoy the open road to the fullest extent.

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