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    1962

    In the beginning of 1962 all engines built for the full-size Mercury were called “Monterey” engines and the Marauder name disappeared, but a turn around of the Marauder name began late in the year. In the spring of 1962 Ford's new 406 engine became available in two forms, 385 and 405 horsepower, the latter being a return to an exotic 3-carb engine like that used in the 1958 Mercury. (Ford used a 3-carb 390 in 1961-2, but it was not available in a Mercury) Initially called the Monterey 406, Mercury quickly changed names to the “Marauder” engine for the 406 4V, and the “Marauder 406” for the 406 6V. These engines were available in all full-size Mercurys except wagons. The Marauder 406 was the highest horsepower Marauder engine offered to date. However, 1962 would also be the year with the lowest production of Mercury Marauder engines ever.

    The biggest Marauder news for 1962 was the Mercury Marauder convertible concept car that made the show circuit that year. The car used what would turn out to be 1963 sheet metal and looked very much like a 1963 Monterey convertible with 1964 wheel covers. This was the first time Mercury put the Marauder name on a car. The car is not well known and information on it is very hard to find today.

    After looking for this picture for over a year, and not having seen it in some 20 years, I stumbled on it today while looking for something else. Here is a picture of the original 1962 Mercury Marauder concept car. This is the very first Mercury Marauder automobile.

    Engine production:
    Marauder 41 estimated
    Marauder 406 83 estimated
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    Last edited by kirk; 04-06-2011 at 04:03 PM. Reason: Found picture
    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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    1963

    1963 was without a doubt the most significant year for the Mercury Marauder name. The biggest Marauder news came on February 14, 1963 when Mercury announced the new hardtop fastback Mercury Marauder (bench seat) and Marauder S-55 (bucket seats). The Marauder was now available to the public as an automobile, not just an engine. The car was based on the Monterey convertible, having the same silhouette (top up) and using most of the same sheet metal.

    In the same press release Mercury announced that the Marauder 406 and Super Marauder 406 engines would be replaced by the Marauder 427 4V (410 hp) and Super Marauder 427 8V (425 hp) engines. The Super Marauder 427 was the highest horsepower engine ever to wear the Marauder name. It was a stronger engine and used two 4-barrel carbs in place of the three 2-barrels used on the 406. (Want to see this press release? Click here http://homepages.wmich.edu/~dillery/documents.html and scroll about half way down the page.)

    Mercury used the Marauder name in all of its full-size advertising in one form or another. The engines in all full-size Mercurys now used the Marauder name for the first time, and for the first time since 1958 the “Super Marauder” name made its return to a Mercury engine, in fact three engines.
    The Marauder 390 2V (250 hp) came standard in the Monterey, Monterey Custom, and Marauder, and was a no cost option in the S-55.
    The Super Marauder 390 4V (300 hp) was standard in the Monterey S-55 and Marauder S-55, and was optional in Monterey and Monterey Custom.
    The 406 changed names slightly now being called the Marauder 406 (385 hp) and Super Marauder 406 (405 hp).

    The new hardtop fastback Marauder was aerodynamically designed to compete on the NASCAR super speedways and USAC. It did very well and Mercury even advertised its race record for the year. On July 4, 1963 Parnelli Jones drove a 427 powered Marauder to a new record at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The new fastback Mercury Marauder with its Marauder engine was a force to be reckoned with.

    A little 1963 Mercury Marauder name visibility trivia: Monterey and Marauder glove box doors said “Monterey” and “Marauder” respectively, and the Monterey S-55 glove box door said “S Fifty Five”, but all Marauder S-55 glove box doors said “Marauder” instead of “S Fifty Five”.

    Car production:
    Marauder 7,298
    Marauder S-55 2,319

    Engine production:
    Marauder 390 (Marauder, Monterey, Monterey Custom) no more than 98,108
    Super Marauder 390 (S-55) at least 8,764
    Marauder 406 29
    Super Marauder 406 64
    Marauder 427 25
    Super Marauder 427 58

    Pics: Marauder (Super Marauder 427), Marauder S-55 (Super Marauder 427), Super Marauder 390, Super Marauder 406, Super Marauder 427
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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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    Kirk I like this thread! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pops View Post
    Kirk I like this thread! Thanks!
    You're welcome. It's my pleasure. Just looking for a way to contribute.
    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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    1964

    In 1964 Mercury changed its model lineup, returning its full-size cars to the three model lines it used in the 1950s, Monterey, Montclair, and Park Lane. Each of these came in a 2-door or 4-door “breezeway” body style (re-introduced in 1963) (Monterey and Park Lane were also available as convertibles), but each was also available in a 2-door or 4-door hardtop fastback body style which gave them the additional designation of "Marauder". This gave the customer 6 different Marauder models to choose from instead of just two. The hardtop fastback Monterey, Montclair, or Park Lane Marauders all used "Marauder" badging and racing flags (carried over from the 1963 Marauder) on the front fenders that the breezeway and convertible cars did not have. Marauders continued to do very well in racing, winning 8 major stock car races and the USAC championship in 1964, and advertising their record again. They also got heavy into drag racing in 1964, with many Mercury Comets using Super Marauder 427 power at the strip, but these Comets were not regular production cars.

    The 1964 engine line was basically a carry over of 1963 with the addition of a couple of engines.
    The Marauder 390 2V (250 hp) was standard in the Monterey and Montclair.
    A new high compression Marauder 390 2V (266 hp) was optional.
    The Super Marauder 390 4V (300 hp) was standard in the Park Lane and optional in other models.
    The 390 4V Police Interceptor, available since 1962, was now the Interceptor Marauder 390 (330 hp).
    The Marauder 427 (410 hp) and Super Marauder 427 (425 hp) were unchanged from 1963.

    Mercury had George Barris create a very well known Marauder in 1964, taking a Mercury convertible with a 427 and turning it into the “Super Marauder”. This heavily modified two seat head turner was a great exploration in Mercury style, and was covered in a few publications including the March 1964 Car Craft Magazine. It's the only time a car used the name Super Marauder. Ironically, the Super Marauder was powered by the Marauder 427 not the Super Marauder 427.

    Car production:
    Monterey Marauder 2-door 8,760
    Monterey Marauder 4-door 4,143
    Montclair Marauder 2-door 6,459
    Montclair Marauder 4-door 8,655
    Park Lane Marauder 2-door 1,052
    Park Lane Marauder 4-door 4,505

    Engine production:
    Marauder 390 (250 hp) unknown
    Marauder 390 (266 hp) unknown
    Super Marauder 390 (Park Lane) at least 17,942
    Interceptor Marauder 390 unknown
    Marauder 427 22 estimated
    Super Marauder 427 42 estimated

    Pics: Monterey Marauder 2-dr (Super Marauder 427), Montclair Marauder 4-dr, Interceptor Marauder 390, Super Marauder 427, Barris Super Marauder
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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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    Thank you very much for this post, there is a ton of information! I really had no clue about 95% of the infomation, its really an eye opener I didnt know that certain models and trims were so rare. Thanks Kirk
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    Kirk,

    Great historical info, thanks for posting!

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    Does anyone else remember a model car kit of the super marauder, from AMT? maybe opposing hilborn injection thru the hood(like crossed fingers)

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    1965

    1965 Mercurys were completely restyled and re-engineered but continued the three model full-size lineup. The Monterey Marauder, Montclair Marauder, and Park Lane Marauder were all still available in 2-door or 4-door models. While the 2-door Marauders were still distinctly hardtop fastback bodies, the 4-door Marauder was now not so fastback, but there were still six models to choose from. The Marauder script and classic racing flags used since 1963 were moved from the front fenders to the bottom edge of the roof behind the rear side window. More Mercury Marauders were built in 1965 than all other years combined, but it would also be the last year for the Marauder car until 1969.

    Marauder engine choices remained unchanged from 1964 except that the Marauder 427 (410 hp) was gone. The Super Marauder 427 (425 hp) was still available but this would be the last year for an exotic multi-carburetor 400-plus horsepower Super Marauder engine and only a small handful were built.

    Car production:
    Monterey Marauder 2-door 16,857
    Monterey Marauder 4-door 10,047
    Montclair Marauder 2-door 9,645
    Montclair Marauder 4-door 16,977
    Park Lane Marauder 2-door 6,853
    Park Lane Marauder 4-door 14,211

    Engine production:
    Marauder 390 (250 hp) unknown
    Marauder 390 (266 hp) unknown
    Super Marauder 390 (Park Lane) at least 32,405
    Interceptor Marauder 390 unknown
    Super Marauder 427 7

    Pics: Monterey Marauder 2-dr, Montclair Marauder 4-dr, Park Lane Marauder 2-dr, Marauder 390, Super Marauder 390
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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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    GREAT stuff that I need to find more time to spend time with....THANKS!

    My first Marauder memory was the Marauder 410 in a '66 Park Lane my parents had picked up used when I
    was just a toddler. Seems you're about to trip into that model year next! In its former life it was a chauffer driven car!


    I remember the engine and the HUUUGE WIIIIDE chrome dash in that thing! Got some pictures
    around somewhere I've been thinking of scanning so I can use them with some shots of my '03 in some form.

    Best,
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    1966

    Mercury no longer made a Marauder car in 1966, but all full-size Mercurys still used Marauder engines.
    The Marauder 390 2V (265 hp with a manual transmission or 275 hp with an automatic transmission) came standard in all full-size cars except the Park Lane and S-55. These same engines were available in the Cyclone, but were called Cyclone engines in that application.
    The Interceptor Marauder 390 was gone.
    The Super Marauder 390 was replaced by a new Marauder 410 4V (330 hp) which was standard in the Park Lane and optional in all full-size cars except S-55. The 410 was a Mercury only engine and thus every 410 engine built was a “Marauder” engine.
    A new top of the line Super Marauder 428 4V (345 hp) was standard in the S-55 and optional in all other full-size cars.

    1966 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian H View Post
    Does anyone else remember a model car kit of the super marauder, from AMT? maybe opposing hilborn injection thru the hood(like crossed fingers)

    Yup! I had one way back when!

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    1967

    In 1967, for the first time ever, you could get a Marauder engine in a regular production Mercury other than a full-size car.
    The Marauder 390 2V (270 hp) was standard in Monterey, Montclair, Commuter, and Colony Park. It was optional in the Comet 202, Capri, Caliente, Cyclone, Comet Villager, and Voyager.
    The new Marauder 390 GT 4V engine (320 hp) was standard in the Cougar GT and Cyclone GT, and optional in the Cougar.
    The Marauder 410 (330 hp) was standard in the Park Lane, Marquis, and Brougham, and optional in all full-size cars except S-55.
    The Super Marauder 428 (345 hp) was standard in the S-55 and optional in all other full-size cars.

    See Marti Auto Works for 1967 Marauder engine production.
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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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    1968

    1968 would be the last year for the Mercury Marauder engine in a regular production car.
    The Marauder 390 (265 hp) was standard in Monterey, Montclair, Commuter, and Colony Park with a manual transmission. It was optional in Comet Sports Coupe, Montego, Montego MX, Montego MX Brougham, Cyclone, and Cyclone GT.
    The Marauder 390P (280 hp) was standard in Monterey, Montclair, Commuter, and Colony Park with an automatic transmission. It was optional in the Cougar and Cougar XR-7.
    The Super Marauder 390 (315 hp) returned to the Mercury engine line replacing the Marauder 410 that had replaced it two years earlier. It was standard in the Park Lane, Marquis, and Brougham, and optional in all other full-size Mercurys.
    The Marauder 390 GT (325 hp) was up five horsepower and was still standard in the Cougar GT. It was optional in Comet Sports Coupe, Montego, Montego MX, Montego MX Brougham, Cyclone, Cyclone GT, Cougar, and Cougar XR-7.
    The Super Marauder 428 (340 hp) was still the top engine choice, but with five less horsepower, and was optional in all full-size Mercurys.

    See Marti Auto Works for 1968 Marauder engine production.

    Pics: Marauder 390P, Marauder 390 GT
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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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    Thank you for sharing the knowledge!

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