Mercury made the Marauder beginning in 1963 and then they went away for a while after the 1965 model year. They came back as a second-generation Marauders in 1969 for just two years, ending in 1970. It was during this short two-year period of time when the X-100 was made. Muscle cars at the time were more about power than posh but Mercury executives thought there could be room for a luxury car with the power chops to match. The Marauder came back for the 2003 and 2004 model years with another winner, albeit a four-door sedan so quite different looking, but a future collectible without question.
There’s the view. That rear 3/4 angle is the money shot with the Marauder X-100. The flat black rear is more often than not seen on these cars but it wasn’t on all of them – it was standard but could be deleted. I love it and would have to have that feature if (when) I own one. The rear wheel skirts were standard on the X-100 and optional on the standard Marauder, but some owners took them off.
As expected, a beautiful, luxurious interior was standard and this car looks almost like new inside and out. The interior appears to be in an amazing condition other than what appears to be a single crack in the padded dash top. The seller says that this car has 80,000 miles on it and it looks about as nice as I can imagine a 52-year-old car being. The trunk isn’t quite as finished as I would have expected but it would be easy enough to remedy that if a person cared at all about such a thing.
Just over 5,600 Mercury Marauder X-100s were made for 1969 and they all came standard with a 429 cubic-inch V8 and a four-barrel which put out 360 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Yes, it will burn through a set of rear tires quicker than normal if a person wanted to do that. This looks like an incredibly nice example of a fairly rare car to see today. Have any of you owned a Marauder X-100?