This is the Mercury Bobcat. It was first built in 1975. It is based on the Ford Pinto. Yes, it also had a propensity to burst in
  • This is the Mercury Bobcat. It was first built in 1975. It is based on the Ford Pinto. Yes, it also had a propensity to burst in
  • This is the Mercury Bobcat. It was first built in 1975. It is based on the Ford Pinto. Yes, it also had a propensity to burst into flames upon impact. It sucked. Let's move on, shall we?
  • Here we have the Mercury Topaz. Does the idea of a slightly upmarket version of the unloved Ford Tempo strike you as an odd idea
  • Here we have the Mercury Topaz. Does the idea of a slightly upmarket version of the unloved Ford Tempo strike you as an odd idea? Yeah, us too. Still, Ford did indeed offer the Topaz in Lincoln Mercury dealerships from 1984 until 1994, after which it was replaced by the Mercury Mystique (aka Ford Contour)... which was much better but still uncalled for as a Mercury.
  • To be fair, the Mercury Grand Marquis totally hit its intended target. The only problem is that the target was set way back in 1
  • To be fair, the Mercury Grand Marquis totally hit its intended target. The only problem is that the target was set way back in 1983 when the Panther-based Grand Marquis was first introduced. There has been one major redesign of the car, which took place in 1992, but the guts of the Grand Marquis and its Crown Victoria stablemate from Ford have soldiered on without anything resembling a major overhaul.

    If only the Grand Marquis had received the attention it should have gotten all along, we can envision quite a nice new Marauder that we'd love to own ourselves. We're thinking turbocharged V6 engine, all-wheel drive and a large body. Oh wait, we're thinking of the brand new Ford Taurus SHO.
  • Hey, what is that thing? Oh. It's a Mercury Monterey. Apparently it was a minivan produced between 2004 and 2007. Who knew?
  • Hey, what is that thing? Oh. It's a Mercury Monterey. Apparently it was a minivan produced between 2004 and 2007. Who knew?
  • And finally we have the Mercury Montego. You may also know it as the Mercury Sable or the Ford Five Hundred, which was a perfect
  • And finally we have the Mercury Montego. You may also know it as the Mercury Sable or the Ford Five Hundred, which was a perfectly acceptable full-size sedan that never sold up to expectations. As such, it was replaced by the new Taurus for 2010. Mercury didn't get a corresponding update. We wondered why. Not any more. Goodbye Mercury, may you rest in peace.


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