The Park Lane was the top of the line Mercury with lots of
luxury options. The Marauder was the
high performance model. This car has
both – the luxury with the performance.
This car was ordered as a 4 door hardtop fastback, instead of the more
common flat rear window Breezeway model.
What makes it even more special is that is has buckets seats with a
floor shift console. It is equipped with
a 300 HP 390 4BBl engine, automatic multi-drive, and 3.00:1 rear axle. It has power everything and even factory
This Mercury was in the same family for over 50 years. It spent the last 20 years in an indoor
storage unit. The family got tired of
paying the storage fees and sold the car to me. My intention was to restore the car, but I
have since found a 1957 Chevy project car that I have decided to do
instead. Some of the pictures show the
car being removed from the storage unit and being loaded onto a flatbed truck.
The car has not been started since being put into the
storage unit 20 years ago. I was told it
drove into the unit and was mechanically fine at that time. However, after sitting so long you can expect
it will need a carb rebuild, gas tank flush, brake overall, all fluids changed
etc. I have turned the car over by hand,
so it is not froze, but I did not attempt to start as I would want to change
oil and prime the cylinders and valve train before attempting. The car rolls freely (brakes not froze) and
tires hold air.
Seats, dash pad and headliner are all in good shape (see
pictures). It is missing one piece of
the dash above the console. Carpet is
old and faded. Door panels are no longer missing as I found a set - however they are white and will need to by dyed to match. All the components of the door panels (chrome trim, wood inserts,
handles etc) are in a box. RARE SPEED CONTROL
The color is the
original Medium turquoise metallic. Very
straight body with some rust. There is
some bondo in the quarters from a previous repair. The worse area is the trunk pan which is
totally rusted out – strange. Floors
have a couple spots on the driver’s side but passenger side is solid. If not for the trunk, I would say the body is
in very good condition. The good thing
is that the replacement pan would be easy to make as it is very flat. The rest of the body is in very good shape.
I hate selling this
car, but hope it goes to a Mercury/Ford lover that will give it the restoration
it deserves. Very rare and unusual car –
be the only one at a car show!