NINETY EIGHT REGENCY

C&T 1971: Mercury Marquis Road Test

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I like those old land yachts...spent my early childhood riding around in one. Don't really remember it, though..my folks traded it on a Lincoln Continental sedan when I was 4..I think their Merc was apple green w/ green top and dark green cloth interior..

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Wouldn't it be interesting to see todays technology used on some older designs and they were updated and made fuel efficient?

Like in the movie 'Gattica'..in a dystopian future, they had vintage cars running on electric motors...

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More like what they have done with Camaro and Mustang, but with full sized cars, but different.

Yeah, a retromodern 5000lb V8 full sizer would be nice...225 inches, 121 inch wheelbase...

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I always thought the '71 Marquis came with a 429 2V as standard equipment. I know the "lesser" Montereys came with the 400. Maybe the Marquis Brougham had the 429, while the regular Marquis had the 400? I'll have to do some poking around.

I drove a '71 Marquis Brougham 2-dr hdtp for a number of years. It had the 429 2V and the compression was high enough that it had to drink premium gas. In spite of breathing through a 2V carb, this big tank had a lot of scat.

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There is a sharp black 2dr '71/72 Marquis coupe around here I see occasionally, really nice except for the wheels and tires--wide whitewalls and baby moon hubcaps, look like they belong on something from the '50s instead.

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To put that into some perspective, that '71 Mercury is only 200 lbs heavier than a 2010 BMW M5

Heh. And the Merc is a better looking car, according to me anyway...I mean, it's got hideaway headlights! :)

Checked the '71 Mercury brochure and the Marquis did come with the 429 2V as standard, with a 4V version optional. Both versions had a 10.5:1 squeeze.

Wonder where the testers came up with a Marquis powered by a 400? Was that a Canadian show or sump'n'?

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Badass wheels, Mr. LX.

Sadly, I sold the Regency back in '77... :( How I wish I could find one like it now.

Or better yet, how I wish I could find the money to purchase one like it now. :)

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One of the few car ads I specifically remember as a child was the one featuring a '72 Mercury Marquis and a famous jeweler splitting a diamond in the back seat while the car drove over cobblestones,etc. I also remember the plush sew pattern of the 1970 Mercury Marquis--my neighbor's wife commented upon how it seemed so luxurious as she sat in it (brand new) but he elected to buy a 1968 Cadillac Sedan DeVille (used)! (It would be the first of a series of Cadillacs, the next one being brand new in 1973, up until 1997).

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She's a big girl!

Yes she is....

Ugh! 400ci fed through a 2-barrel carb?

Not as bad as you might think...ford made very good carbs back in the day, and that 400 CI will spin a whole lot slower than the tiny lawn mower mill in Albert's lil CRV....

VTECH baby...think VTEC....or ummm...just no.

Give me the 400 CID....and a 1970's oil supply to feed the damn thing....

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Yeah, all of the '71 Marquis I've ever seen have had the 429 under the hood. Interestingly, the standard engine appears to have been the 429 with 10.5:1 compression ratio and a 2V carb. The 4V version with the same compression ratio was optional. The 2V was rated at 320 HP while the 4V pumped out 360 HP.

I think the 460 started showing up in big Mercurys for 1972. It had already been in Lincolns starting in '68, of course...

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