Perfect Paneling: 1986 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon – SOLD!
June 1st Update: With the last listing expired and no new one to be found, we’re calling this Colony Park “Sold!”
May 13th Update: When we featured this newly listed ’86 Mercury Colony Park just last week, the private seller started with an asking price of $5,500. It appears they are a motivated seller as they have already lowered the asking price $500 down to $5,000. This appears to be a great wagon at a great price. Good luck with the purchase!
Produced from 1957 through 1991, Mercury always marketed its Colony Park station wagon as the division’s premium trim, wood grain paneled, full-size wagon. The sixth generation of the car is well represented by this 1986 example we believe to be the same owner dating back to 1989 listed on Craigslist in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey with the asking price of $5,500. Researching the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller has their Colony Park priced at the higher of the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,812, $4,500, and $7,687, respectively.
Ford’s Panther chassis, first introduced in 1979, was the company’s last full-size, traditional body-on-frame platform used for the Ford LTD and Crown Victoria, Mercury Marquis and Colony Park, and Lincoln Town Car across three generations spanning an incredible 33 years. Easy to repair yet incredibly durable, these cars earned their ruggedness on the streets of New York City where it’s not uncommon to see these cars log 300-400K miles. This sixth generation of the Colony Park, introduced in 1979, received only minor changes during its thirteen-year lifespan. For 1983, it became the sole full-size Mercury wagon as the previous year’s ‘base’ Marquis wagon was no longer offered as a full-size model. For 1984, the non-woodgrain Grand Marquis (previously Marquis) station wagon was dropped, leaving the faux-paneled Colony Park as the sole version.
The example featured here looks to be a clean example however the description does not provide the mileage, so you’ll need to confirm that with the seller. While the steering wheel appears to be oddly worn, we’re surprised at how perfect the faux paneling remains, which is likely a barometer of how well this wagon has been maintained over the years. This Colony Park appears to be ready to be detailed to take for an AACA judging event or just casually driven to the next RADwood meet. Whichever you choose, good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“This 1986 Mercury Colony Park station wagon has had 1 Owner since 1989! Very well kept and maintained. Runs really good. Has power windows, Air conditioning. Clean carfax. Very nice station wagon for the age.“
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