1963 Mercury Marauder 2-door Hardtop Custom
Chassis no. 3W66Y533680
390ci, 4-barrel, 300hp V8
Multi-Drive Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission
A mild custom based on a very original car
Original documentation from new
Awesome Jet Age style
As the Jet Age of the 1950s entered the Rocket Age of the 1960s, the style of automobiles changed with it. Gone were the copious embellishments and fins, in their place were slab sides, sharp creases, and a certain level of minimalismthe 'less is more' mantra of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had penetrated the styling centers of the motoring world.
For Ford Motor Company, the early 1960s also represented their 'Total Performance' era. Across the Ford and Mercury brands, a new focus was placed on go-fast cars. For Mercury, this was punctuated by the introduction of the Ford Galaxie-based Marauder midway through 1963. Long and low, the car was elegantly styled with a full length beltline ending in small, square, vestigial fins and topped with an agressively raked fastback roof with a rear window set at such wide angle that if it were ski slope, it would rate as an easy green. Under the hood, four engine options were available, two 390ci V8s rated at 250hp with a 2-barrel carb and 300hp with a 4-barrel carb as well as two 427ci V8s putting out 410hp with a 4-barrel carb and 425hp with a dual-qaud.
This Maurader was built in Mercury's Wayne, Indiana assembly plant on February 28th, 1963. Original pictures of the car and the build plate decode the Merc to have been finished in Pink Lustre, a color not typically available, over two-tone Medium and Light Rose cloth seats. It is believed that this car may have been ordered by Mary-Kay Cosmetics. This is further corroborated by the unique district code, a possible indicator that it was a special order. The original service book, which accompanies the car, shows the vehicle's first owner as John Carpenter of New Holland, Pennsylvania. Mr. Carpenter collected the car from Ephrata Motors on May 4th of '63.
Despite the lady-like demeanor of the original color, the 4-barrel Super 390 V8 was ordered with a Multi-Drive Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission giving the car the aforementioned 300hp and 427 pound-foot of twist. A number of years ago, with the still in very nice, original condition, it was very mildly customized with a newer white paint offset by red painted graphics and pin striping. Additionally, door handles were shaved. the coupe was lowered a few inches for a meaner stance, chromed 5-spoke American Racing rims were fitted, and dual chrome exhausts were installed. Mechanically and inside, however, the car is just as it left the factory.
Showing about 92,000 believed to be original miles, this gentile custom looks smashing and is reported to be a strong runner. Whether left as is for fun at the local cruise nights or returned to its original pink pastel hue, this Swinging Sixties Merc is lounge lizard or cosmetic magnate ready.