• Stock:

    2272-CHA

  • Engine Size:

    429 V8

  • Transmission Type:

    3 Speed Automatic

  • Miles:

    89,083 (Unknown)

  • Location:

    Charlotte, North Carolina

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VERY RARE, ONLY 2,029 PRODUCED, ORIGINAL BILL OF SALE, WARRANTY CARD, NICE CAR

Ever seen one of these before? Me neither. But with only 2,029 of these produced in 1969, they are indeed quite a rare sight. And to be honest, this 1969 Mercury Marquis convertible is probably as close as any of us will get to a convertible Town Car. So if you like the baroque look, you're going to love the 429 cubic inch big block inside. Like cars with tons of original documentation? This Marquis has registration records going back many years, the original Bill of Sale, original Ford Warranty card, and the owner's manual all included! The 89,083 miles on the odometer are believed to be actual but not documented.

If Lincoln had continued building Continental convertibles, this is quite likely what it would have looked like. This big land cruiser just oozes luxury from every pore, from the folding headlights up front to the magnificently huge trunk out back. With that much sheetmetal to deal with, it's all the more impressive that this one is so beautifully restored. The panels are laser straight, fit and finish is extremely good, and the shine on the code K Dark Orchid paint is simply spectacular. In fact, the more I look at this big ragtop, the more I like it. It says luxury in a smooth, purring voice but there's a bit of muscle behind that, perhaps influenced by the full-width taillights that are very much a reflection of the Cougar and other hi-po Mercs of the period. The wide front grille with the nicely integrated folding headlights looks suitably impressive when you stuff it into someone else's rear-view mirror, and the chrome is tasteful and used merely to accent the styling. It's original, so it has a few signs of age, but I wouldn't worry about restoring it simply because the car looks right just the way it is.

The interior is pure 1960s luxury, complete with diamond-tufted seats wide enough to be the sofas in your living room. The black upholstery is in excellent shape, a tribute to the fine car this car has received, and even as a convertible it looks like it has always lived indoors. The bi-level instrument panel is lined in fairly convincing faux timber, with basic gauges up top and the secondary controls below, and someone has thoughtfully added a trio of auxiliary instruments under the dash. Carpets, door panels, and the dash pad are quite nice and the steering wheel is protected with a grippy leather wrap. The factory AM radio still lives in the dash, so they were careful to preserve the originality, and the white power top (with glass rear window!) disappears under a matching vinyl boot for an ultra-clean profile. As you'd suspect, the trunk is positively massive and shows quite well with a full-sized spare and jack assembly included.

Ford's smooth, powerful, and effortless 429 cubic inch V8 provides plenty of power for this land yacht. It actually looks pretty original under the hood, and judging from the condition, this car has led a very easy life indeed. Ford Blue paint still covers the majority of the engine itself, and those sure look like factory decals still clinging to the air cleaner's lid. Newer components include the plug wires and hoses, so you know it's been well-maintained, and it starts and runs so well, you won't be able to resist a long road trip. A C6 3-speed automatic feeds the original 9-inch rear end with super-tall 2.75 gears inside, so highway cruising is effortless. Cushy 235/75/15 whitewall radials handle the weight and are dressed up with shiny Mercury hubcaps that look right.

Rare and quite handsome, this big convertible was one of the most luxurious drop-tops you could buy in 1969 and still draws a lot of appreciation from folks who understand that bigger is always better. Call today!

Features

AM Radio, Cruise Control, Defrost, Front Disc Brakes, Heat, Numbers Matching, Power Brakes, Power Convertible Top, Power Steering, Seatbelts, Vinyl Interior

Documentation

Owner's Manual, Original Bill of Sale, Original Warranty Card

Drivetrain

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
429 V8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
C6

Body

Body Or Basic Color
Maroon
Body Style
Convertible
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1969
Make
Mercury
Model
Marquis
Miles
89,083 (Unknown)

Interior

Interior Or Basic Color
Burgundy
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Column
Center Console
No

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