Mercury Marquis
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Mercury Marquis
Mercury Marquis
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1969 Mercury Marquis 4-door sedan
ManufacturerMercury (Ford)
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size (1967-1982)
Mid-size (1983-1986)
PredecessorMercury Montclair
Mercury Park Lane
SuccessorFull-size: Mercury Grand Marquis
Mid-size: Mercury Sable

The Mercury Marquis is a model line of entry-level luxury vehicles that was marketed by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company from 1967 to 1986. Deriving its name from a French nobility title, the Mercury Marquis was sold across four generations as the divisional counterpart of the Ford LTD. Initially introduced as the flagship Mercury range, the Marquis line was expanded to include the Mercury Grand Marquis slotted above it, with the Mercury Colony Park serving as a station wagon variant.

The first three generations of the Mercury Marquis were full-size vehicles; in 1983, the final generation was introduced, shifting the product line to the mid-size segment, splitting the Marquis and Grand Marquis into distinct product lines. As Ford transitioned its product ranges to front-wheel drive, the Marquis was withdrawn after the 1986 model year, replaced by the Mercury Sable (the Mercury counterpart of the Ford Taurus).

First generation (1967-1968)

First generation
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1968 Mercury Marquis
AssemblyHazelwood, Missouri (St. Louis Assembly Plant)
Pico Rivera, California (Los Angeles Assembly)
Hapeville, Georgia (Atlanta Assembly)
Body and chassis
Body style2-door hardtop
Transmission3-speed C6 automatic
Wheelbase123 in (3,124 mm) (1967)
Length218.5 in (5,550 mm) [2]
1968 Mercury Marquis

The Mercury Marquis was introduced for the 1967 model year as part of the full-size Mercury lineup. Slotted above the Mercury Monterey and Montclair, the Marquis was positioned alongside the Park Lane in the lineup. Roughly the division's counterpart to the Ford LTD introduced in 1965, the Marquis differed from the LTD with plusher interior trim and a higher level of standard equipment. Unlike the Ford, for 1967 and 1968 the Marquis was produced in a single two-door hardtop body style; convertibles and Marauder fastbacks remained part of the Park Lane lineup. All four-door hardtop models were Park Lane Broughams .

Mechanical details

The 1967 Marquis came with the Mercury-exclusive 330 hp (246 kW) 410 cubic-inch big-block V8 as standard equipment, which was actually an FE 390 block with 390 pistons and a 428 crankshaft changing the cubic inch displacement of the 390 to 410. Ford did this to save money and still offer a different engine displacement on the Mercury. For 1968, the 410 was replaced by the 315 hp (235 kW) 390 big-block with a four-barrel carburetor, Z-code. For both years, an optional 345 hp (257 kW) 428 cubic-inch "Super Marauder" engine with a four-barrel carburetor was also available.

Second generation (1969-1978)

Second generation
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1972 Mercury Marquis 2-door
Also calledMercury Marquis Meteor (Canada; 1977-1978)
Model years1969-1978
AssemblyHazelwood, Missouri (St. Louis Assembly Plant)
Pico Rivera, California (Los Angeles Assembly)
Hapeville, Georgia (Atlanta Assembly)
Body and chassis
Body style2-door hardtop
4-door hardtop
4-door pillared hardtop
2-door convertible
5-door station wagon
Engine351 cu in (5.8 L) 351M V8
400 cu in (6.6 L) Cleveland V8
429 cu in (7.0 L) 385 V8
460 cu in (7.5 L) 385 V8
Transmission3-speed C6 automatic
Wheelbase121.0 in (3,073 mm) (wagon)
124.0 in (3,150 mm) (2-door, 4-door)
Length229.0 in (5,817 mm)
Width79.8 in (2,027 mm)[3]
79.6 in (2,022 mm)
Curb weight4470 lb (2-door)
4508 lb (4-door)


1969 Mercury Marquis convertible

For 1969, the full-size cars of both Ford and Mercury were completely redesigned,[4] with the Lincoln Continental following suit in 1970. In a model shift, the Park Lane was discontinued, with the Marquis gaining a full range of body styles.[4] Alongside the previous two-door hardtop were a four-door hardtop, four-door pillared sedan, and a two-door convertible; Mercury also consolidated the Mercury Colony Park station wagon series into the Marquis lineup.[4] All full-sized Mercury sedans and coupes were built on a 124-inch wheelbase, but Colony Park station wagons shared the 121-inch wheelbase as the Ford wagons and sedans. While built on a Ford chassis, Colony Parks shared the front bodywork and interior trim as Marquis Brougham sedans.

This generation introduced covered headlights, which were deployed using a vacuum canister system that kept the doors down when a vacuum condition existed in the lines, provided by the engine when it was running. If a loss of vacuum occurred, the doors would retract up so that the headlights were visible if the system should fail.[4]

For 1969 and 1970, the Mercury Marauder made its return as a stand-alone model; a sportier two-door fastback on the shorter Ford wheelbase it shared its front bodywork with the Marquis.[4]

This generation introduced the hidden headlights that were a Lincoln-Mercury trademark in the 1970s. Metallic gold examples of the 1969 and 1970 model Marquis convertibles (very low production) were used for the final two seasons of the Green Acres TV series; these replaced the 1965-1967 Continental convertibles that were used earlier in the run of the CBS comedy series.

1971 brought a major restyling for the full-size Mercurys.[4] The body wore more rounded, flowing styling with wider C-pillars and wraparound tail-lamps (on sedans). Other changes included fender skirts and the elimination of vent windows; all models now wore frameless window glass. A new option for all models a sunroof (which also mandated the selection of a vinyl roof[4]). While slow sales led to the cancellation of the Marauder fastback and the convertible, Mercury revived the Brougham name as part of the Marquis and Colony Park lineup.

1972 brought minor changes such as egg-crate grilles, revised taillamps and seatbelt warning buzzers.[4]

Mechanical details

The standard engine was a 429 cubic-inch V8 equipped with a two-barrel carburetor. The four-barrel 429 from the Marauder was optional. The sole transmission for the Marquis (and all full-size Lincolns and Mercurys of the period) was the Ford C6 3-speed automatic. Power front disc brakes were optional.[5] During 1972, the 460 cubic inch V-8 was made optional.

1973 revision

1974 Mercury Marquis 2-door hardtop
1978 Mercury Grand Marquis 2-door hardtop
1975-1978 Mercury Grand Marquis 4-door pillared hardtop

For 1973, the Marquis received a minor restyling with a boxier look, giving it new protruding energy-absorbing "5-mph" bumpers and a new roofline.[4] Two- and four-door hardtops (as well as four-door pillared hardtops that had frameless door glass and slim fixed center pillars) were available as the Marquis or Marquis Brougham. The 1975 models were slightly revised to look longer than the boxier 1973-1974 range. The Grand Marquis was introduced as a luxury trim line in 1975 when the Monterey series was dropped and all full-size Mercurys took the Marquis name.[4] Unlike the related Crown Victoria, which was an option package on the LTD Landau, the Grand Marquis was a trim level in its own right. It was also available prior to 1975 on Marquis Brougham which consisted of leather seats and trim.. Base-trim and upscale Colony Park station wagons were available.

Approximately 7,850,000 full-size Fords and Mercurys were sold over 1969-78.[6][7] This makes it the second best selling Ford automobile platform after the Ford Model T.[4]

Mechanical details

The 360 hp (268 kW) 460 big-block V8 was again available on this generation and the 400 Cleveland replaced the 429 as the top engine in 1974. The 460 was standard on the Brougham and Grand Marquis through 1977. The 351M small-block V8 entered the lineup in 1978 to increase the fuel economy of the Marquis; for that year, the 351 became the standard engine on all models. In California and in 'High Altitude' areas, the 400 was still fitted as standard equipment. Regardless of location, the 460 remained an option in all Marquis models to the end of this generation.[4]

The impact of emissions regulations and tuning made horsepower vary a little from year to year. By 1978 the single-exhaust 460 generated 210 horsepower (160 kW) (but dual exhaust remained an option).[8] Paired with the 400 and 460 V8s was the 3-speed C6 "Select-Shift" automatic.[4]

Third generation (1979-1982)

Third generation (Panther)
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1980 Mercury Marquis 4-door sedan
Model years1979-1982
AssemblyHazelwood, Missouri (St. Louis Assembly)
Hapeville, Georgia (Atlanta Assembly)
Body and chassis
Body style2-door sedan
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
PlatformFord Panther platform
Engine302 cu in (4.9 L) 5.0L Windsor V8
351 cu in (5.8 L) Windsor V8
Transmission3-speed C4/SelectShift automatic
4-speed AOD automatic
Wheelbase114.3 in (2,903 mm)
Length212.3 in (5,392 mm) (sedan)[9]
217.7 in (5,530 mm) (wagon)[10]
  • 77.5 in (1,968 mm)[9] (sedan)
  • 79.3 in (2,014 mm)[10] (wagon)
  • 54.7 in (1,389 mm)[9] (sedan)
  • 56.8 in (1,443 mm)[10] (wagon)
Curb weight3,635-3,918 lb (1,649-1,777 kg)[9][10]
rear view, 1979-1982 Mercury Marquis 4-door sedan

For the 1979 model year, Ford downsized the Ford and Mercury model lines, introducing the all-new Panther platform; within Mercury, the third-generation Marquis model range made its debut. In comparison to its 1978 predecessor, the 1979 Marquis was seventeen inches shorter and over 1,000 pounds lighter. For the first time since 1955, the full-size Mercury station wagon was produced with a curb weight under 4,000 pounds.

Although the redesign of the Marquis resulted in an exterior footprint smaller than that of the intermediate-segment Mercury Cougar sedan, the Marquis gained interior space over its predecessor through careful design, with slimmer seats and door panels; a taller roofline and larger area of glass improved visibility.

During the 1970s, Ford had shifted towards increased parts commonality in its full-size model lines; the introduction of the Panther platform would mark a further increase of shared design. For the first time, not only would Ford and Mercury full-size cars share a common wheelbase, but the Ford LTD and Mercury Marquis shared nearly their entire bodyshell, with many non-visible components shared with the Lincoln Continental/Town Car and Continental Mark VI. In addition to a common wheelbase, the LTD and Marquis shared a common roofline (differed only by trim); in place of the pillared hardtop, four-doors and station wagons were produced with fully framed door windows. In a break from 1970s styling themes, the Marquis and LTD abandoned hidden headlights and rear fender skirts (GM full-size sedans would retain the latter to 1996).

While both model lines shared a common bodyshell, several detail changes were made by stylists to distinguish Ford and Mercury full-size sedans from one another. In place of the egg-crate grille of the Ford LTD, the Marquis was given a vertically oriented grille (similar to the 1980 Cougar XR7), with parking lamps similar to the previous-generation Mercury Marquis. While the LTD was fitted with square taillamps, the Marquis was given full-width taillamps (bordering the license plate). Adopted from the Mark series, the Marquis was styled with (non-functional) fender louvers behind the front wheels. Each division received its own dashboard, with Mercury receiving an instrument panel with square white-face instrument bezels.

The Marquis was again offered in a standard trim, Marquis Brougham, and the Mercury Grand Marquis made its return. In Canada, a base-level Marquis Meteor trim was offered through 1981. A two-door sedan and four-door sedan was offered, alongside two Marquis station wagons: a body-color Marquis wagon and a woodgrain trim Mercury Colony Park wagon.

The Marquis received a minor exterior update for 1982, deleting the front fender vents and front bumper grilles.

Mechanical details

Central to the downsizing of Ford full-size sedans, the Panther platform adopted smaller-displacement engines in the interest of fuel economy (though a V8 engine would remain standard). The 400 and 460 cubic-inch V8s were withdrawn in favor of Windsor V8 small-block engines. As Ford had begun to phase in metric engine displacement, the standard engine was now a 4.9L (rounded up to 5.0L) V8, the former 302 V8 was shared with the Mercury Cougar and Mercury Monarch. As an optional engine, a 5.8L V8 (the 351 from the Cougar XR7) was offered.

For 1980, a 4.2L V8 was added as a standard engine on base-trim versions of the Mercury Marquis, with the 5.0L engine becoming standard on four-door versions of the Marquis Brougham and Grand Marquis.[11] In 1982, the 5.8L V8 was dropped from the Marquis line altogether.[11] When introduced for 1979, both V8 engines were paired with a 3-speed SelectShift automatic. For 1980, the Marquis received the 4-speed AOD overdrive automatic transmission as an option. A 1980 option for the 351 V8, for 1981, the AOD became the sole transmission for all three engines.

Fourth generation (1983-1986)

Fourth generation (Fox)
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1983-1984 Mercury Marquis 4-door sedan
Also calledFord Cougar (Venezuela)
Model years1983-1986
AssemblyChicago, Illinois (Chicago Assembly)
Hapeville, Georgia (Atlanta Assembly)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
PlatformFord Fox platform
RelatedFord LTD
Lincoln Continental
Mercury Cougar (1980-1982)
Engine2.3 L (140 cu in) Lima I4
3.3 L (200 cu in) Mileage Maker I6
3.8 L (232 cu in) Essex V6
4.9 L (302 cu in) 5.0L Windsor V8
Transmission3-speed C5 automatic
4-speed AOD automatic
Wheelbase105.6 in (2,682 mm)
Length196.5 in (4,991 mm)
Width71.0 in (1,803 mm)
Height53.8 in (1,367 mm) (sedan)
54.4 in (1,382 mm) (wagon)
Curb weight3,001 lb (1,361 kg) (sedan)
3,108 lb (1,410 kg) (wagon)
PredecessorMercury Cougar
SuccessorMercury Sable
1985 Mercury Marquis

In 1983, Ford updated the styling of mid-size Fox platform sedans and station wagons; additionally, a number of product lines were shifted. Mercury reverted the Cougar back to its traditional role of a two-door personal-luxury coupe, discontinuing its unpopular 2-door and 4-door sedans and wagon models. To fill the gap, the Marquis name was taken from the full-size Mercury line. Ford had done the same thing as the LTD had replaced the Granada. Versions manufactured in Venezuela were marketed as the Ford Cougar. [12]

After 1983, the Panther-based Grand Marquis continued in production. The 1979-1982 version was produced nearly unchanged until the end of 1991, when it was redesigned for the 1992 model year. With minor evolutionary changes, the design of the 1992 Grand Marquis remained in production for 19 model years, when Mercury ceased all production in January 2011.

The midsize Marquis was produced in Hapeville, Georgia until December 13, 1985 and Chicago, Illinois until January 3, 1986, when it was replaced by the front-wheel drive Mercury Sable.

Mechanical details

The mid-size Marquis sedans had the 2.3 L SOHC four-cylinder as the base engine. Wagons came with a six-cylinder standard. 1983 models could have the 3.3 L "Mileage Maker" inline six, otherwise, the 3.8 L Essex V6 was available in all models and was the most common. After 1984, the inline-6 engine (dating to 1963) was discontinued. The high-output 4.9 L 5.0L Windsor V8 was available in the rare Marquis LTS, sold only in Canada. Four-cylinder engines were paired with the C3 3-speed automatic along with the 3.8 L V6 models; the rare V8 models received the AOD 4-speed automatic overdrive from the Grand Marquis.


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  2. ^ "Directory Index: Mercury/1968 Mercury/album_001". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Directory Index: Mercury/1969 Mercury/1969_Mercury_Full_Size_Brochure". Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Odin, L.C. A concise guide to the Ford and Mercury full-size automobile production 1969-1978. Belvedere Publishing, 2016. ASIN: B01HE91Y4K.
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  7. ^ Flammang, James Standard Catalog of American Cars 1976-1999 3rd Edition (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, Inc 1999)
  8. ^ Source: the original catalogs. Please note that Standard Catalog of American Cars and other such non-manufacturer sources are unreliable. Use only factory sources.
  9. ^ a b c d "1979 Mercury Marquis 1978 performance data, specs & photo". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved .
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  11. ^ a b Ristic-Petrovic, Dusan. "1982 Mercury Marquis Brochure". Retrieved .
  12. ^ "1983 Ford Cougar Brougham (Venezuela)". Retrieved .

External links

  • Four Eyed Pride - A resource for all early Foxes, including 1983-1986 Marquis

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