Mercury Monterey S-55 Marauder Hardtop
For 1963, Mercury cultivated an entirely more modern, youthful, performance-oriented image in step with the market and influenced by parent company Ford’s massive “Total Performance” campaign. Building from the prior year with the full-size Monterey line, Mercury provided four levels, including the base Monterey, Monterey Custom, S-55 and Colony Park.
Stylistically, the big Mercury line benefited from Lincoln design influences, including the "Breezeway" retractable rear window, vestigial tailfins and rear treatment. The Monterey was long and, with exception to the slightly smaller station wagon, outsized the 1963 Lincoln with a wheelbase of 120 inches and an overall length of 215 inches. Virtually limitless options provided the ability to personalize their new Mercury as never before.
Performance fans were not left out, with the mid-1963 debut of the Marauder fastback model based on the top-level S-55 line, with its more aerodynamic roofline tailored specifically for the rigors of NASCAR competition. In typical Ford Motor Company fashion, several high-performance V-8 engines were available, ranging from the 390 V-8 in either 300- or 330-bhp tune to the 385 bhp 406 V-8 and all the way up to the thundering 427, in 410- and 425-bhp, dual four-barrel form.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
425 bhp, 427 cu. in. “Super Marauder” V-8 engine, dual Holley four-barrel carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"
Source: RM Auctions
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