Is there a better name for a muscle car than “Marauder”? No. Especially when that name is paired with “X100” fender badges. X100 indicates that this Marauder is equipped with the 429 cubic inch 365 horsepower big block engine instead of the pedestrian and frankly too small 390 cubic inch engine.
The Marauder was Mercury’s entry in the personal luxury coupe market in 1969 and 1970. It competed with the cars like the Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Wildcat (another great car name) in the giant V8 coupe segment.
Being the top of the line Mercury, the Marauder just had to have a nice interior. This one looks great! Imagine lounging on that expansive back seat as you and your buddies burble down route 95 on your way to Las Vegas.
The Marauder is a stylish coupe in the traditional long hood, short rear deck model. In the Marauder’s case, it’s a coupe made by shortening a full size Marquis. The Marauder is a zaftig 4500 lb brute of a coupe.
Cars like this don’t get made anymore. This generation of Marauder wasn’t a sales success, with only about 20,000 being sold in the two years it was produced. The closest modern comparison to this car would be something like a Mercedes CL63. It’s a pity the US car makers have abandoned the personal, overpowered luxury segment. Imagine if there was a stretched, Lincoln badged, Mustang variant with the GT500’s drivetrain and a cost-no-object interior? I’d line up for one in a heartbeat. Until then, I’ll look at cars like this one and dream about what could be.
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