Beefy 390 V8: 1965 Mercury Monterey Marauder

The Marauder name was used by Mercury in the mid-1960s to denote a full-size performance car with a touch of luxury. A 390 cubic inch V8 was standard equipment, so they meant business. In 1965, the Marauder came as both 2 and 4-door hardtops, but not as sedans or station wagons. The seller’s car sports a newer rebuild of its engine with some upgrades. The paint is a bit suspect, and the interior will need some attention (headliner, dashpad). Located in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania, this “hot rod” Merc is available here on craigslist for $7,900 firm. Barn Finder Mitchell G. continues to have a good eye for cool tips like this!

Marauder automobiles were not the first use of the name by Mercury. It previously stood for the hottest engines the company offered in its products. In 1965, the Marauder trim option could be had with any of the Mercury full-size cars, the Monterey, Montclair, and Park Lane. Within the former, nearly 17,000 copies with built with two doors and another 10,000 with four.

Though this Mercury has 106,000 miles on the clock and a few battle scars, the 390 V8 was redone 20,000 miles ago. When this occurred, shorty headers and a Flowmaster exhaust were added, along with an electric fuel pump and cooling fan. So, the car is said to run and sound righteous! All the fluids have been recently changed and the brakes and tires are new.

While there is said to be some rust in the sheet metal, the frame is solid. Unfortunately, the photos are mostly dark and it’s hard to tell how much work will be needed. The upholstery is good and looks to have been refurbished, but more attention is needed. The seller is moving on to another project and needs to free up garage space, so the Merc has to go. In a world of GTOs and Super Sports, a Mercury like this will be a fresh sight.