With all of the recent posts of my collectibles, my flowers and my personal family reminiscences, I'm posting this page from a 1969 Mercury brochure just because I like it, lol. As far as I can remember, it's not even my brochure. I found this image on my hard drive a while ago, during another project: cleaning and organizing my two external hard drives. I don't remember scanning this image, and I'm not even sure I have a '69 Mercury brochure, so I'm pretty sure I found this image online. There was a website called the Old Car Brochure Project, or something like that, but their server crashed a while ago and they don't have much back online yet for me to check my source.
Anyway, this red and black Mercury Marauder X-100 was one of the coolest cars of the swinging sixties, at least in styling. While sharing a platform and a roof/greenhouse with the full sized Fords of that year, the Marauder comes off totally different than its FoMoCo cousin. The rear fender skirts may seem a bit out of place, considering this was a "sporty" series, but it's totally appropriate for a car in the upper-middle priced range, like Buicks and Oldsmobiles. The matte black rear trunklid and flying buttress surround was avant garde for a domestic luxury car. I even dig the almost-fifties style chrome faux vent just behind the doors. The black and chrome Magnum 500 road wheels really look great in this application. Then you get to the diamond-pleated, button-tufted interior, and its true luxury car roots make themselves known.
I would like two mint examples please, one to drive and one to just look at and keep in perfect condition!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
• Here's a link to a CarDomain page with some good photos of the X-100, inside and out. The black bucket seat interior illustrated is so inviting!
• Loyal reader of this blog, PhantomX sent me these photos of a 1/43 scale Marauder in the same red/black as the brochure. This is an amazingly accurate scale model, the proportions are just about perfect.