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    A little Marauder history to start 2010 - 1958

    In 1958 Mercury introduced “a complete family of revolutionary new Marauder V8's with cool-power design”. They were based on Ford's MEL engine design (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) first released in the 1956 Lincoln. This new line of engines would be Mercury's first use of the Marauder name in a production automobile. There were four Marauder engines in the Mercury line for 1958 and only the low cost Medalist did not use a Marauder engine.
    The Monterey and Commuter used the “Marauder 383” 2-barrel engine (312 hp).
    The Montclair, Voyager, and Colony Park used the “Marauder 383” 4-barrel engine (330 hp).
    Park Lanes came standard with a “Marauder 430” 4-barrel engine (360 hp).
    And if you needed more power than this, all models were available with the exotic“Super Marauder” engine. This was a 430 6-barrel engine with an incredible 400 hp. It was the highest horsepower engine available in any American car in 1958. It was also a Lincoln-Mercury engine only, not available in a Ford.
    Mercury Marauder engines were all about power. One 1958 Mercury flyer stated “the 312 hp Marauder V-8 in the attractively-priced Mercury Monterey gives you more standard power than you can get in the most expensive Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac or Dodge”. It also states that “Park Lane has the highest horsepower-to-weight ratio of any American car”. This was a great start for what would become a great Mercury name.

    Engine production:
    Marauder 383 2V (Monterey, Commuter) 97,052 less Super Marauder
    Marauder 383 4V (Montclair, Voyager, Colony Park) 28,235 less Super Marauder
    Marauder 430 (Park Lane) 9,252 less Super Marauder
    Super Marauder 100 estimated
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    1963 Marauder S-55, Super Marauder 406
    Only factory 406 powered Marauder, and earliest built Marauder documented to still exist.
    https://sites.google.com/a/wmich.edu/supermarauder/
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    Cool information here Kirk! How about pictures of these great Turnpike cruisers to add to the drama of the dinosaur.
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    Love the pic of the 430 - 6V.

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    Nice write up....thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by SC Cheesehead View Post
    Love the pic of the 430 - 6V.
    I like that one too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pops View Post
    Cool information here Kirk! How about pictures of these great Turnpike cruisers to add to the drama of the dinosaur.
    No Turnpike Cruiser, but how about a couple of Super Marauders. The tan car is a Montclair and is the real deal. The green Monterey is a clone built by Brian Stefina for the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drags. It has turned a 14.019 1/4 mile in STOCK FORM. How many other new cars could you buy in 1958 that were that quick right off the show room floor? A top of the line 1957 FI Corvette did 14.3. Go Marauder!
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    Only factory 406 powered Marauder, and earliest built Marauder documented to still exist.
    https://sites.google.com/a/wmich.edu/supermarauder/
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    nice to kno the history on the car
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    Thanks for the knowledge, Sir!
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    saw the super M air cleaner on e-bay awhile back. Not sure how much it went for, but it was up there.

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    See how its air came from outside of the engine compartment.
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    1959

    1959 Mercury Marauder engines had a bit less horsepower than the previous year and the exotic “Super Marauder” engine was gone.
    The Marauder 383 2V (280 hp) came in the Commuter.
    The Marauder 383 4V (322 hp) was used in the Montclair, Voyager, and Colony Park.
    The Marauder 430 (345 hp) was standard in the Park Lane.
    The Mercury Monterey was no longer available with a Marauder engine, but instead used the base 312 “Economy Engine”.
    There were no optional engines for any Mercury model in 1959.

    Engine production:
    Marauder 383 2V (Commuter) 16,173
    Marauder 383 4V (Montclair, Voyager, Colony Park) 32,027
    Marauder 430 (Park Lane) 12,520
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    1963 Marauder S-55, Super Marauder 406
    Only factory 406 powered Marauder, and earliest built Marauder documented to still exist.
    https://sites.google.com/a/wmich.edu/supermarauder/
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    My uncle has one of those 430 inch Y-blocks on a stand. He owns a '64 Marauder, the thing is absolutely pristine. No 427, but it is a 390(which he promptly bored/stroked to 427 anyway) and it is such a beautiful car.
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    That is one of my future plans, add a vintage Marauder to the collection. Some day. Maybe a Super Marauder (hopefully i won't have to clone one or pay half a million bucks)
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    1960

    In 1960 Mercury Marauder engines continued their decline in variety and horsepower. There were now only two Marauder engines in the Mercury line, the Marauder 383 2V (280 hp) and the Marauder 430, now a 2V (310 hp). While the Monterey, and now the Commuter, came standard with a 312, the Marauder 383 was optional in those models. The Marauder 430 came standard in the Montclair, Park Lane, and Colony Park and was not an option in other models.

    Engine production:
    Marauder 383 unknown
    Marauder 430 (Montclair, Park Lane, Colony Park) 37,512
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    1963 Marauder S-55, Super Marauder 406
    Only factory 406 powered Marauder, and earliest built Marauder documented to still exist.
    https://sites.google.com/a/wmich.edu/supermarauder/
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    1961

    Things continued to go down hill in terms of Mercury horsepower in 1961. Mercury changed its full-size car lines in 1961, no longer offering the three car line (Monterey, Montclair, Park Lane) but offering only the Monterey instead. All Montereys now came standard with a “Super-Economy 292” engine, but all could be upgraded to a Marauder 352 2V (220 hp) or a Marauder 390 4V (300 hp). These two engines were a different engine family than the previous Marauder engines. They were based on Ford's FE engine design (Ford-Edsel) first released in late 1957. All production Marauder engines built from this point forward would be FE engines. The 352 was the smallest and lowest horsepower Marauder engine ever offered to the public. The 300 hp Marauder 390 engine would continue in its same form through 1965, though with different names.

    1961 Marauder engine production is unknown.
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    1963 Marauder S-55, Super Marauder 406
    Only factory 406 powered Marauder, and earliest built Marauder documented to still exist.
    https://sites.google.com/a/wmich.edu/supermarauder/
    ______________________________ _____________

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