1964 Mercury Park Lane 390 super marauder from North America
This is a true American Dream Car, in every sense, and would make anyone happy to drive it
It was an estate sale (eBay, last July, 2006), and the old guy had just "Rhino-ized" the trunk interior. He & the rest of the family had done all the usual maintenance stuff, not envisioning that this vehicle would be a collector/showcar.
So, I just had the ENTIRE brake/electric/exhaust systems gone through. Imagine metal fatigue, corrosion, etc.
I still need to get the carb re-built, and the rear bumper is badly dented. Also, I have a lifter which needs an adjustment-I pray.
I am so happy with this car, I can't even believe I was so lucky. I'd passed on a 1966 Monterey (with breezeway), at a Lake City (Seattle district) used car dealer in 1995-or-6, because I was feeling cheap that day, and, at $1600, I did not want to have it's brakes re-done. And 'Mr. Weaver'-the ancient dealer/owner wouldn't give me a $200 break, towards the repair. Of course......
Next day, it was gone, and I had looked for an early-mid-60's Mercury with power breezeway ever since.
With 106,000 original miles, power everything, a good mechanic, and that INcredible BRIGHT red imitation Ostrich-and-Elephant interior, this car keeps me happy, and is amazingly attractive to most people.
The other day, I went by a Mom picking up her 9-or-10-year old son at the busstop, and heard him yell "Mom! Look at THAT old car!" as I drove by, with just the driver's wing-window cranked open-Say..... Why don't they put 'wing-windows' in cars anymore?? They make perfect sense.
In Edmonds, north of Seattle, we are a large retirement community, and a lot of seniors like to chat about their old Mercury (or what-have-you). Very cool, this car is.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2007
Wing windows are great! You can direct a refreshing stream of air in just about any direction. My '88 Grand Marquis has them. Funny, they were no longer an option on the '89's. Most other manufacturers quit adding them in the late '60's-early '70's. I personally believe automakers quit offering them because of the added expense, not because the car looked better as originally advertised.