1964 Mercury Marauder
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
- VIN: 4W68Z******
- Year: 1964
- Make: Mercury
- Model: Marauder
- Exterior Color: Satin Black
- Interior Color: Black
- Mileage: 9,000?
- Engine: 445ci Stroker V8
- Transmission: 3 Speed Merc-o-matic
This is a very rare find with aftermarket performance to boot. This car is a matching numbers original factory Home Office Reserve car, which meant it was built with every available option and sent to the home office in Detroit for advertising, promotional and executive use. They typically only made 3 or 4 cars a year with this designation. These are the vehicles that would be used for advertisements, shown to the public on tour or lent to the major magazines for testing. These 3-4 vehicles would be built in different colors, this one being originally maroon, which means in all likelihood this is the famous 1964 Marauder Fastback Sedan depicted on the Pikes Peak advertisements from 1964.
This vehicle still sports its factory original driveline, but has had performance modifications such as an aluminum large tube radiator and 445ci stroker engine rebuild to put out 500hp. We are told this rebuild was done when the car had an original 80,000 miles on the chassis, which means it has about 9,000 miles on the 9 year old restoration. This is a great looking and great driving Marauder with room for the entire family. It cruises easily at 70-80mph with its highway geared rear end and 3 speed Merc-o-matic transmission. This car came from the factory with every available option. Of course it has the power windows, which have been rebuilt with new modern motors and mechanisms and it also came with the 6 way power seat (currently not working). It is a factory air car, and the AC we are told was working up until about 2 years ago. It has a new condenser and dryer but needs a new compressor. We verified that the blower and everything else is still working. This vehicle had the very rare dual fan switch for heat and a/c, nearly impossible to find functional representations today. The most rare option would be the cruise control, utilizing the ‘wheel-of-fortune’ style thumb-wheel on the dash top and a switch to lock in the speed. This under-hood unit then read the speedometer cables to control the speed. We are missing one cable which prevents this feature from functioning, but we are told this cable can be built special order.
The paint is hotrod Satin Black and the body alignment is very good. The hood, trunk and doors open and close beautifully. There are a few very small misc nicks and scrapes, this car was driven frequently and enjoyed. No evidence of filler repairs or poor body work, very solid and clean. The car was obviously built with performance in mind, as the engine bay was not restored to show quality condition and forgoing gloss paint. And it performs its intended job well, it runs amazing. Incredibly low, loping rumble at idle with an unmistakable shake that lets you know something is going on under the hood, morphing into a nascar-esque scream when you get on the gas. It simply sounds as mean as it looks and will likely send the other vehicles in your garage scattering for safety. When I drove it I was certainly impressed by the acoustics and powerful feel, but thanks to the rear end gearing and the wide ratio transmission the acceleration is tame and easily controllable, no fear of it getting out of hand. This is also aided by the 275/55/17 rear tire footprint which keeps you planted and stable. It felt best when getting on the open road and letting it run up to 80mph in an effortless fashion.
This car just as it is now starts right up and drives great! Everything is working and in top shape except for the AC which would be easy to repair. We can discuss doing that for you after or as a part of the purchase. Lots of nice options, bench seats restored in original leather & houndstooth materials, lap belts, cigar lighter. The car has factory power steering and factory power front disc brakes as well, making driving enjoyable and effortless. The state registration and inspection is current. A very great looking, great driving classic!
Tires are great with deep tread on aftermarket 17” wheels. 275mm wide in the rear and 225mm in the front. The trim is all in pretty great original condition. The rear ParkLane quarter emblems are broken and off the car. One of the fender Marauder emblems is off the car as the mounting tabs broke but we believe we have a replacement. The hood ornament is not original to 1964 and appears to be a 40’s or 50’s era Mercury God Head hood ornament that was added to accentuate the hotrod feel of this car. This car has been stored indoors in a private collection. All of the glass is good and works very well. The glovebox is in new condition. The steering wheel is in original and has some cracking and missing resin but the horn operates properly. The car comes equipped with an onboard battery tender to plug in during storage so you never have to worry about your battery in the event you cannot drive the car regularly.
The interior is in great shape. The seats appear near mint with one button missing and very comfortable. The lights all work including the fender mounted turn signal indicators for the driver. The weatherstripping is in decent original condition with some cracking and age, but is the same as a 4 door galaxie so can be replaced. The car runs and drives amazing. I have driven it alot for testing and pleasure and it is alot of fun and gets alot of attention. The car has no mechanical problems that we can find. We are confident that you could drive this car anywhere.
Cruise in style with something unique and different, stand out from the
mustangs and camaros, this one is available just in time!
Complete original matching numbers big block 64 Marauder Fastback Home Office Reserve car. Very likely the last one on the planet, and this verifiable through decoding, no taking my word for it. You won’t find a nicer combination of performance and style and it makes for a great collectible or pleasure vehicle. Don't miss out on a chance to own a unique piece of automotive history, ready to enjoy now.
• 500hp 445ci V8
• 3 speed automatic transmission
• Satin Black durable paint
• Park Lane Marauder performance and trim package
• Full Dual Exhaust
• Factory power steering
• Factory Deluxe AM radio in the dash
• Factory performance power front disc brakes
• Beautifully detailed chrome dash with hidden A/C vents
• Near mint bench seats
• Rebuilt power windows
• Large core aluminum radiator for performance cooling
• Factory A/C with working controls and new condenser & dryer
• Aftermarket 17” wheels and performance tires
• VERY RARE Home Office Reserve model used in advertising
• Factory cruise control
• On-board battery charger for long term storage
• a few very small misc paint nicks and defects from use & age (see photos)
• A/C system is not currently working, needing a new compressor
Other than the above, the car looks amazing, drives well and gets alot of attention. Very fun car to take to the local meet or cruise around town. We have driven the car 150 mile round trips into Houston and never had any problems. I use it particularly for longer drives into Houston or Coldspring due to its highway comfort. Keep in mind it is 54 years old and not a new car, but it is in amazing condition considering its age. You can hop in right now, drive home and enjoy.
If you are looking to get into a classic car without spending a fortune this
would be the opportunity for you. We do consider trades in the specialty or
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Classic Car ID101018600
Transmission3 Speed Automatic
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