Original Or Two Owner: 1970 Mercury Marquis Convertible – SOLD!

May 2020 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

May 29th Update:  Kevin D. commented below to inform us that he is now the proud owner of this gorgeous Mercury land yacht.  Good luck with the purchase, Kevin!

May 28th Update – another month gone and we noticed last week the seller of this claimed one owner 1970 Mercury Marquis dropped the price another $2,000 down to $13,500.  That’s $2,500 below the Hagerty Insurance #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) appraisal of $16,000 making this triple white survivor convertible even more attractive.  Good luck with the purchase!

April 23rd Update – this mint condition 1970 Mercury Marquis we first featured in March now has a fresh listing with the priced reduced $1,000 to $15,500, which now places this car $500 below the Hagerty Insurance #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate, making this car very smartly priced. 

One Owner or Original Owner?  That is the question.  We come across many car listings where the current caretaker claims their offering is “one owner” when in fact they are the second caretaker.  By our definition, if your name is on the title, you own it.  Many times it is also a clue a dealer is involved as a shop can file paperwork stating the car is in effect between owners. 

In this case, the historic plates on this 1970 Mercury Marquis listed just in time for Topless Thursday here on Craigslist in Waldwick, New Jersey with only a stated 61,300 original miles have us thinking either he is the original owner, is the relative of them, or is trying to sell on behalf of the estate.  Now asking $15,500 for their Marquis, a review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Mercury priced $500 below the current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $16,000.  If you are serious about buying this full-size convertible, you can start the conversation by calling Kevin at 201-376-1047 to arrange an appointment to see this Marquis.

The now defunct Mercury division of Ford launched the redesigned second-generation full-size Marquis for the 1969 model yea when it replaced the Park Lane model of the previous generation. Deriving its name from a French nobility title, the Marquis was the slightly upscale equivalent of the Ford LTD.  Like the previous generation, the full-szie Marquis relied on a double-wishbone independent front suspension with a three-link, coil sprung design in the rear.  Being a Mercury, by this time front disc brakes and rear drums were standard, with power assist optional.

For the second generation of the Marquis, Mercury revised the powertrain line. Along with ending its Marauder branding for engines, Mercury replaced both the 390 and 428 FE-series engines with a 429-cubic inch 385-series V8. A short-stroke version of the Lincoln 460 V8, the Marquis offered the 429 with either two-barrel or four-barrel carburetors providing either 320 or 360 horsepower, respectively). By 1969, manual transmissions were no longer an option on the Marquis, as the 429 paired solely with Ford’s three-speed Ford C6 heavy-duty automatic.

 Other than what appear to be the original floor mats in need of a re-dye, the original carpet needing a good cleaning, and what appears to be easily-addressed surface rust on the leading edge of the trunk lid, this full-size Mercury is a classic full-size convertible you’ll enjoy driving comfortably to every car show  you can this summer.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1970 Mercury Marquis Convertible (ONE OWNER CAR) Always garage kept.Never driven in bad weather. 61,300 org. miles , 429 4brl. Cobra Jet motor. All original # matching.Factory mags,new fuel tank,new fuel pump,new battery,new brakes (includes rotors and calipers )Hoses and rebuilt carburetor.Runs and drives like new.Roof is in very good condition. Ready for summer. Please call with any questions. Asking $15,500 or best reasonable in person offer.No low ballers this car is mint. Seen by appointment only.  201-376-1047 Kevin

Do you have a Mercury Marquis story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

3 Comments
  1. Kevin Donahue

    Bought it! 5/29/2020

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    • Guys with Rides

      Kevin, that’s awesome news! Please submit a picture or two in the Guys With Their Rides Section (https://www.guyswithrides.com/guys-with-their-rides/ ) and tell us what made you buy the car. We’ll send you a T-Shirt and some other free GuysWithRides.com merch!

      Your new Marquis is a really a beauty, so enjoy!

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  2. Kevin

    sorry it’s taken so long to get back. Bought the car during Covid 19 crap, was unable to get it registered until the end of August due to King Murphy’s DMV shutdowns.
    Anyway the good news, the car was purchased from a friend of the original owners son, and for only 10.5K It now rides on new Vogue Tyres, has electronic ignition, carb straightened out and two quater windows now work as they should. Needs minor rubber replacement on those windows but runs and rides like a dream. At 18feet 8 inches long it’s hard not to notice!

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