<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164

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Lot 324¤
Offered from the Jack Middleton Collection
1988 Merkur Scorpio

Sold for US$ 1,792 inc. premium
1988 Merkur Scorpio
VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164

2,935cc OHV V6 Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
144bhp at 4800rpm
4-Speed Automatic Gearbox
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Incredibly well-preserved example
*Offered out of long-term ownership
*Oddball German-American Creation
*Winner of Several 1st place awards at the Carlyle Ford Nationals


THE MERKUR SCORPIO

Ford, looking to both move upmarket and expand their offerings, introduced the Merkur sub-brand in 1985. Pulling from their European offerings, the Scorpio was the company's largest offering in Europe and was simply modified with 5-mph bumpers and U.S. lighting to make it eligible for importation. Built alongside the rest of world market cars in Germany, the unconventional hatchback body style further differentiated the vehicle from its more standard saloon rivals from BMW and Mercedes. Under the hood was a 2.9 liter Cologne V6 feeding into a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. However, most, if not all, Scorpios shipped to the United States arrived with a 4-Speed automatic. After 4 years of less than stellar sales and with imminent passive safety legislation going into effect, the cost to update the model no longer made sense and the Merkur brand would soon become defunct.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This Merkur Scorpio was bought in 1992 from the vehicle's third owner. Having been well taken care of for the entirety of its life, it presents incredibly well for a car of its age. The wonderfully period two-tone Red-Grey paint appears with little flaws along with a body that has been kept in equally good condition. The Interior tells very much the same story. Its supple leather seating appears with only minor creases. The preserved state of this Germanic-American creation has resulted in multiple first place awards at the Carlyle Ford National meets. However, it should be noted that the CARFAX indicates a mileage inconsistency. That being said, it is unlikely that one will have the opportunity to procure such a fine example of this now obsolete brand, and for such a modest price, one should not pass it up.
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<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
<b>1988 Merkur Scorpio</b><br />VIN. WF1BT81V3JE891164
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