Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Someone killed the messenger. So long, Mercury
From luxury and performance cars, to auto racing, to legendary customs, the Mercury brand has been a significant part of the American automotive landscape. In mythology, Mercury was the messenger of the gods. Here, we take a look back at the history of Mercury, and the end of the once popular nameplate.
From the beginning, Mercury vehicles were very similar to their Ford siblings. For example, if you didn’t see the closed-in rear wheel well on a ’39 model Merc, you might mistake it for a Ford at first glance. If you couldn’t see the fine, vertical grill teeth in a ’46 model Mercury, that car may look like a Ford. In this regard, today’s Mercury is not unlike the original concept.
Check out some historic promotional photos from throughout Mercury’s history. The slideshow below will take you through the first Mercury, significant race cars and customs, and right up through the final Mercury automobiles, including the 2003/2004 Marauder.