The only transmission available with the 429 was the 3-speed automatic. This roofline was optimized to make the large sedan more competitive for. After a 33-year hiatus, Mercury revived the Marauder name for the 2003 model year. Similar in concept to the 1994—1996 , the 2003 Marauder offered upgraded chassis, suspension, and powertrain components over its luxury-oriented counterparts. For the 2003 model year, the Mercury Marauder nameplate was revived as a high-performance variant of the full-size. Unique to the Marauder, the 18-inch five-spoke wheels have center caps with a revival of a 1960s Mercury emblem a silhouette of the Roman god.
In place of the supercharged V8 from the concept vehicle, the 2003 Marauder was fitted with a 302 hp 4. As it was the final nameplate introduced on the Panther platform architecture, the Mercury Marauder remains the final rear-wheel drive sedan introduced by Ford Motor Company in North America as of the 2018 model year. In addition to replacing the S-55, the Marauder was repackaged as a , effectively giving Mercury a competitor against the General Motors E-Body coupes and. Nevertheless Mercury continued to offer the Marauder option in all three series Park Lane, Montclair, and Monterey for both the hardtop coupe and hardtop sedan; however it wasn't heavily advertised and not even mentioned in dealer brochures. For 1959, the Super Marauder option was discontinued; the 430 remained, although retuned with slightly lower engine output.
Initially predicted for sales of 18,000 vehicles per year , the revived Marauder sold slowly, with only 11,052 sold over its two-year production compared to nearly 180,000 Grand Marquis sold in the same time. As a full-sized sedan, there's plenty of room for everyone and given the horsepower on tap, the extra weight of passengers probably won't have any effect on the performance. But in case that's not enough this one packs a rather rare Trilogy supercharger, which was known as the neatest, cleanest installation for these cars. For the 1961 model year, the 383 and 430 big-block engines were phased out of the Mercury division, as the product cycle of Edsel-based vehicles ended and Ford sought to bring Mercury closer to the Ford brand. Factory polished wheels look great and carry fat 18-inch performance tires that do their best to hook it up. In that tune, the engine was available in the Montclair and Colony Park. While fitted with standard leather seating, all wood trim was replaced by simulated satin aluminum trim.
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. Both bumpers are unique to the Marauder; the rear features the model name embossed on the bumper and is modified further to accommodate the larger Megs chrome tailpipe tips. Sharing the roofline of the , the Marauder shared its front sheetmetal and its interior trim with the Mercury Marquis. Within the Lincoln-Mercury Division, the far more expensive outsold the Marauder more than two-to-one from 1969 to 1970. Its resemblance to a police cruiser probably doesn't hurt, but seeing this big, black sedan pull up in the rear-view mirror can make anyone uneasy.
For the 1966 model year, as Mercury shifted away from full-size performance vehicles, the Marauder was replaced by a repackaged S-55; the move also consolidated the options of three model lines into a distinct nameplate. As with its 1960s namesake, the revived Marauder was again a performance-oriented full-sized sedan. The front bumper was redesigned with a central air intake added to improve engine ventilation; round were added below the headlights. In the rear quarter panels, non-functional louvered side air intakes were added as a styling element. While nearly all features of the X-100 were cosmetic, the Marauder X-100 offered a choice of twin comfort lounge seats, bench seat or bucket seats with a floor console housing a U-shaped shift handle. After the 1970 model year, the Mercury Marauder was discontinued.
A 390 cubic-inch Marauder V8 was standard, with a 427 cubic-inch Super Marauder V8 replacing a 406 V8 in 1964. The Marauder packed a version of the Mustang Cobra's 4. Unique to the Marauder, the instrument panel was redesigned, with aluminum-finish gauges, a 140-mph speedometer; unique among Panther platform vehicles at the time , the Marauder was fitted with a tachometer, requiring the relocation of the voltmeter and oil pressure gauges. The Marauder shared its limited-slip differential and 3. This followed a general trend toward more luxury with the introduction of the , , and. For its second production run, the Mercury Marauder returned for 1969 as a fastback version of the.
Even today there probably aren't many 4-door sedans that can keep up with this incredible 2003 Mercury Marauder. After the end of the 2004 model year, the Marauder was discontinued with no direct Mercury or Ford replacement. Serving as a preview of the production vehicle, the concept car was a two-door convertible with a five-passenger interior. In contrast to the Grand Marquis, the only chrome on the Marauder is its window trim, wheels, and Mercury emblems on the grille and trunklid. Most Marauders, like this one, were dressed in black and it seems to suit them just fine. In a key marketing success, the average age of the Marauder buyer was 51 69 for the Grand Marquis , attracting younger buyers into Lincoln-Mercury showrooms. By the end of the 1960s, demand for high-performance full-size cars had largely disappeared.
A concise guide to the Ford and Mercury full-size automobile production 1969-1978. In response, Mercury shifted the use of the Marauder name on smaller. Augmented with a rare Trilogy supercharger, it takes Ford's stealth ship to an entirely new level. For 1960, 383 Marauders became optional in all Mercury vehicles, including the Monterey, Park Lane, and Commuter. Archived from on October 7, 2012.