We discovered this 1990 “Lincoln” Grand Marquis Wagon here on Craigslist in New Haven, Connecticut. Knowledgeable readers will already be saying, “wait, Lincoln never made a station wagon and had they, it would not have been called a Grand Marquis!” and they would be correct. The seller in his brief description states the car he is selling was customized by Ford Motor Company for a retiring executive by putting all Lincoln markings on the car. The prime examples are the Lincoln grille and hood ornament, and the Lincoln emblem overlaid on the tail lights.
Produced from 1979 through 2011, Ford’s traditional full-size, rear wheel drive Panther platform earned a reputation as a durable, reliable, and easy-to-work on chassis that became the darling of Police, Taxi, and Black car services. The Mercury Grand Marquis shared this platform with its Ford LTD and Lincoln Town Car siblings. Ford used the first generation of the Panther platform from 1979 through 1991. During this time, Mercury offered a full size station wagon called the Colony Park. Interestingly, production of the Colony Park ended in December 1990, so we’re hopeful the seller can provide more info about whether his car was one of the last produced.
Beyond those exterior modifications, the car appears to be a loaded 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis eight passenger station wagon that presents well with bright paint and faux wood that does not appear faded.
The loaded dark tan leather interior presents well, although there appears to be a noticeable color difference between the front and rear bench seats. We’re hopeful that’s more a case of the way the seller photographed the interior. 1990 was the first year Ford offered a steering wheel mounted airbag that is in place here. Ford utilized side facing jump seats in the rear storage area that took passenger capacity from six to eight total, although we doubt any adults ever climbed in through the tailgate and actually sat back there.
The seller states that his Lincoln Marquis has 140K miles on it and that the engine was rebuilt at 107K. What’s not known is whether this car came equipped with the standard 302 cubic inch V8 or the optional 351 cubic inch mill. You’ll need to confirm that with the seller.
The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide lists the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” values at $1,750, $3,700, and $6,275, respectively, so the seller’s new lower price makes this wagon more realistically priced with no premium for the Lincoln badging. If you’re looking for a relatively modern, well optioned, full size station wagon with an interesting history, you’ll be hard pressed to find an alternative to this last-year Colony Park. Good luck with the purchase!