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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39819 posts, RR: 74
Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5084 times:





1968 Mercury Park Lane Convertible with Yacht Deck Paneling





1970 Mercury Marquis Convertible




It's been over a year since I got rid of my 1987 Chrysler LeBaron convertible and the summer is coming. I miss the top-down fun of a convertible but I don't miss the head-ache those K-cars gave. I want to have the best of both worlds now. I want the comfort, ride quality, performance and reliability of my 1977 Lincoln Town Car but also the thrill of driving a convertible. Lincoln made convertible in the 1960s but they are all over $10,000.00. That's just too much money and because the top folds down in to the trunk, there is not much trunk space with those with the top down.

The 1968 Mercury Park Lane had the unique feature of wood grain side paneling but the 1970 Marquis has the concealed headlights and rides on a longer wheelbase. Too bad the wood grain side panels were not available for the 1970 convertible.  Sad
The 1968 comes with a 428cu" V8 which is more performance tuned and was also used in the Mustang Mach I and Cougar Eliminator. The Marquis comes with the 429cu" which is more of a cruiser cops and taxi engine. My car's 460cu" is the same block as the 429cu".



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User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5068 times:

I'd go with a Marquis myself, nice looking ride and will better match your Continental.

Although I'd take a continental any day!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39819 posts, RR: 74
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5056 times:

Vafi88:
I may end up getting the Marquis. It's a little easier to find. 1,612 were made. The Park Lane with yacht deck paneling is very rare.



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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5046 times:

Your personality has Pinto written all over it...don't dissapoint us.
Well, OK, Vega.
 Smile

Get a Marquis (with the special black leather 'De Sade') interior.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39819 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5042 times:

Funny Greg!  Laugh out loud

These cars are much bigger than a Pinto or Vega.
I actually almost bought a Marquis convertible with the black interior like you mentioned. But the f--khead that was selling it did some awful things to this car that would make it extremly expensive to repair to make it all original again.
He painted the car a metallic, glittery silver which was not factory and he cut up the dashboard to put in an after market CD player. I should have choked the F--khead!  Pissed

You can do that to the cheap Chevy Impalas but not a Mercury!
That is a crime!



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User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5039 times:

I don't know too much about these cars but if I had to say which one right now, I'd probably go for the Marquis. It'll probably have the reliability of the Town Car. I assume this will replace the Town Car, right?
Just out of curiosity, how difficult is it to find these kinds of cars out there in good condition?



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User currently onlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8505 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5036 times:

Classic Cadillace convertible. With all the chrome and tailfins. And of course, pink is your color, Supe.

Too bad they're apparently before your favorite era and probably would cost too much.

Cadillac - these cars will run forever.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39819 posts, RR: 74
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5025 times:

BH346:
I assume this will replace the Town Car, right?

Hell no!
I will never get rid of that!
I just want a fun summertime car but the Town Car is my main car. My LeBaron was supposed to be a fun summertime car but I spead most of the summer under the hood of that car.



MD-90:
Drive a pink car around San Francisco?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
I'd get lots of unwanted attention, if you know what I mean.  Big grin
A 1959 Cadillac convertable is awesome but those are as pricey as the convertible Contenintals of the 1960s. The Cadillacs with fins and the convertible Contenintals would stand out too much and I don't like to attract too much attention to myself. Those are great cars but I'd feel like I am putting on a show everytime I'd go somewhere.




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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5024 times:



'Speed


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39819 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5006 times:

Corvette?

Nah, too common. Not really in to exotic fast cars. If I were to get a sports car, I'd go for a 1971-1973 Mercury Cougar convertible or an AMC Javelin/AMX.



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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4992 times:

Meh... say what you will about the Corvette, but I just love 'em. But that's cool if you are into old boats. (kiddin' ya!)

'Speed


User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

I think you should have a AMC Pacer. They are IMO a very cool little car if you are in to that. I must admit that I would like to have one my self. But they are very difficult to find here in Europe.

http://amcpacer.panhorst.net/images/archives/slickhb.jpg

I dont know how to put the picture in here. So I send you a link.


User currently offlineVAPORLOCK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4987 times:

Superfly, go for a 1966 Thunderbird ~~ Rag Top!!!! Nice cars!!!!!!

Phyl  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4970 times:

Hey, 'Fly! Maybe you should reconsider the 60's Continental rag-top. Remember, they are four doors (suicide doors, no less) offering a lot more function for partying and such, maybe worth the extra $$. Regards...Jack


all best; jack
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7772 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4966 times:

The 70 Marquis is not a bad looking ride. Another possibility, and probably more common would be a Galaxie 500, and they pretty much have the same body as the Marquis aside from a few differences in the grill and such.

Now does it have to be a Lincoln/Mercury??? Or even a full-size? B/c a Cougar convertable sounds pretty nice, perhaps a 'Cuda.

From that era I am sort of fond of the LeSabre/Electra as well as the big Mopar cars (300, New Yorker, Newport, Fury, Polara/Monaco). All big and all pretty decent looking cars too.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13547 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4944 times:
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Get a '77 Trans Am 6.6L V8 with t-tops. You get a good solid ride, decent reliability, muscle-car prowess, and the t-tops give you almost as nice a feel as a convertible would.


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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4944 times:

I would go with the Park Lane. Very rare. It appears to need restoration, however. Do you do such work yourself?

How about a "Creme and Gold Luxury Group" 1976 Thunderbird? Or a Cartier/Bill Blass/Givenchy Lincoln Mark IV, circa 1974?

I have switched to the BMW 5 series.



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User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 827 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

Here are a couple more ideas, Superfly...

Cadillac Allante-- rare, nice-looking design (if a bit bland), shouldn't be too expensive. The 1993 (last year) (or was it 1992?) finally got the Northstar V8.

Chrysler/Maserati TC-- a bit offbeat, but at least will get attention.

I know these cars are a little of the wall, but you don't strike me as the type who minds standing out from the crowd!



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User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4919 times:

Superfly;
Was the Meteor based on the Park Lane (...with yacht deck side paneling), or vice versa?? I'll have to get photos of my dad's rides to show ya. Dunno what it is with you guys and your love for land yachts. Smallest car my dad owned was a '78 T'bird.


User currently offlineVectorVictor From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4902 times:

I know you like the big heavy American metal but if it were me my driveway would once again be graced with one of these gems

It would be my third or fourth BMW 2002.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39819 posts, RR: 74
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4882 times:

RNOcommctr:
I like your suggestion about the Allante and Chrysler TC.
No more front-drive cars for me. My last car was a 1987 LeBaron Convertible which is the same car as the TC by Maserati. I don't want to revisit the horror of owning one.
Did you know that the Cadillac Allante was shipped from Italy to the United States via Boeing 747?  Smokin cool

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Cptkrell:
Those 1960s Lincolns are sweet but I'd rather put that amount of money towards flight school.

DesertJets:
I do like the Buick Electra 225, Wildcats and Cadillac Coupe deVille convertibles of this era as well. They are a lot more common but unfortunatly, they are popular among thugs/gangsters. I don't want any parts or the car to be stolen.


Stretch 8:
I am not that good with body work... auto body work that is.  Smile
I do know of someone who is. I am strickly mechanical.


AWspicious:
Dunno what it is with you guys and your love for land yachts.

I am sure your father liked other large things as well. From your emails, I can tell he raised his son well.  Big grin


EA CO AS:
Those 1970s Trans Ams were great but I'd feel too much like Smokey and the Bandits.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


VAPORLOCK:
Thunderbird convertibles are some sex cars!  Big thumbs up



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User currently onlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8505 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4871 times:

Well, aren't you gay? What's wrong with the attention?

I'd drive one. They're cool (not if I lived in San Francisco, I admit).


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39819 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

MD-90:
Well, aren't you gay?

Nice attempt at being funny but I'll laugh anyway.

I never liked the pink Cadillac. I'd rather have a 1959 Cadillac in red.



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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4854 times:

Superfly, gay?

Right! (ROLLS ON FLOOR CACKLING UNCONTROLLABLY)

xxx

OK, 'Fly, I am going to stray a bit here.

First off, of the proposed choices, it would have to be the Marquis. Still pretty rare in the convertible, though. And, like Greg said, go for the de Sade trim package (credit to Jean Lindamood for that one...).

Why not consider, though, a Cougar / Montego or Torino? Still plenty big, significantly easier to park in those tight SFO streets, and with gas over $2.00 a gallon (for MoGas!), 4,000 lbs and a 351 might be better than 5,300 lbs and a 429 or 460.

Or, you could always go for el gusto and get a Fleetwood Eldorado Cabriolet.

I understand the urge, as there is nothing quite like the pleasure of open-air motoring, even if you have (as you do) a sunroof the size of Rhode Island.

Good luck... and be sure you have an 8-track player (I am putting the original one back in the Eldo next week).



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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4849 times:

Superfly,

My heart skipped 3 beats when I thought that you were replacing that 1977 Town Car... As for recommendation, I think 1970 Mercury Marquis Convertible will be a classy convertible for Superfly!

Hope to see you in SFO at some point,

Alex.



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25 Post contains images Superfly : Sccutler: If I were to stray over to General Motors, I'd definatly go for the 1970 Cadillac Coupe deVille convertible. Your Eldorado convertible (1975
26 Superfly : Cptkrell: Do have any data on production figures for the 1968 Mercury Park Lane Convertible with the Yacht Deck side panels? This one guy online is cl
27 Post contains images Sebolino : You should consider that (28,6 MPG)
28 Superfly : Sebolino: No way, those cars are ugly and not my style. If I were to buy a French car, it would be a 1972 Citroen DS.
29 Post contains links and images Vaporlock : Superfly, I know you like the Classic Older Cars!!! I figure you'd like something that has sleek lines and a nice body!!! Have a look at this one.....
30 Post contains images Superfly : Vaporlock: Nice car. Yes the 1968-70 Chrysler 300 convertible did make my short list. If I were to go Chrysler, I'd go for the 1966 Imperial Crown Con
31 Post contains images Vaporlock : Superfly, what can I say!!!! A car with class!!!! I used to own a Chrysler Windsor ~~ can't remember what year, also a 66 Thunderbird, 53 Chev... but
32 Aerobalance : Superfly, Go with the Mercury, the 428 is awesome, just replace the stock Autolite carb. with a Holley 750 - then the world is yours. My Dad has a '68
33 Post contains images Superfly : Aerobalance: My Dad has a '68 LTD Country Squire -428, Holley 750 and fun. Now that sounds like fun! I am sure he got the family to the Grand Canyon i
34 Aerobalance : Ballsy?! Hell-Ya, I learned how to drive in that thing. Me and my friends would hand-time 0-60 runs in the low 6.0 sec. range - brake on, mash the thr
35 Post contains images Superfly : Aerobalance: One of these? That is a great story!
36 Aerobalance : Superfly, Oh yea, paint it Dark Metallic blue and we're in business!
37 Post contains images IMissPiedmont : You live in San Francisco. Why would you buy a car?
38 Post contains images NoUFO : Superfly, I understand, - your taste is completely(!) different, - your car has to be extra big and - ugl .. er.. I mean - American made. Nevertheless
39 Post contains images Superfly : NoUFO: New Volvo's? IMissPiedmont: You live in San Francisco. Why would you buy a car? To get out of San Francisco.
40 Post contains images EA CO AS : You live in San Francisco. Why would you buy a car? To get out of San Francisco. If that's your goal, plane tickets are cheaper.
41 Post contains images Superfly : EA CO AS: To get out of town for the weekend silly!
42 IMissPiedmont : OK. To get out of town for the weekend. I'll buy that except for a few minor points such as cost of parking, insurance and purchase cost. From a finan
43 L-188 : Hey Superfly. If Dirty Harry could drive a Pink Caddie, why can't you. He definately didn't strike me as the limpwristed type.
44 Post contains images Superfly : IMissPiedmont: OK. To get out of town for the weekend. I'll buy that except for a few minor points such as cost of parking, insurance and purchase cos
45 Usairwys757 : I say you go with the VW Bug. I just love mine, its so trendy. Signed, LHMark
46 Post contains images DeltaMD11 : NoUFO, We have a 2002 S80...great car. Wouldn't mind a C70 here! Superfly, What about one of these: The Impala's are pretty nice cars.
47 Superfly : DeltaMD11: Chevy Impala? The poor mans Cadillac? It's a very well made car but not very luxurious and every thug/ganster in town would want to 'gaffle
48 DeltaMD11 : Well it was just a thought...our neighbors have one like that but it's black and in cherry condition. Looks pretty nice when they do take it out (whic
49 Post contains images Superfly : That's cool. Thanks for the suggestion. I know Pennsylvania has rust problems with older cars so I can understand why they rarely take it out. If they
50 Post contains images Vaporlock : Superfly, nice car!!! Nice sleek lines....... "a touch of class"! Phyllis
51 Post contains images DeltaMD11 : Superfly, On the other hand, I'd love to get my hands on a '96 Impala SS, the last true American muscle car. Talk about being able to haul ass. They'r
52 Post contains images AWspicious : Superfly; With the ever increasing cost of gasoline, perhaps something more economical, yet still topless. Might I suggest... Schweet, ain't it?!!
53 L-188 : I got an idea, What was that car from, "My Cousin Vinnie?" 68 Buick Skylark. Seems a decent fit of smaller size and topless.
54 IMissPiedmont : Damn my pragantism! I was only semi serious though. I guess the fact that I still have not received the Marauder has me a bit cranky. I think you need
55 Post contains images Superfly : IMissPiedmont: Damn I feel really bad. I still owe you that Maurader. I can get you a Maruader DVD advertisment instead.
56 Flight152 : Talk about being able to haul ass. In a straight line maybe. Even then, it was just a regular large floatly sedan with a big engine and a fat ass.
57 Post contains images Superfly : Flight152: Even then, it was just a regular large floatly sedan with a big engine and a fat ass. Oh yes, just like my lady!
58 Kfrg : "In a straight line maybe. Even then, it was just a regular large floatly sedan with a big engine and a fat ass." You are the definition of a "Magazin
59 Post contains images Superfly : Kfrg: I agree with you man. Flight152 hates American cars. He thinks there all like the 1981 Cheverolet Citation. The 1994-1996 Cheverolet Impala SS
60 Flight152 : Wow..did I hit a soft spot. You are the definition of a "Magazine Racer". Have you ever been in/driven an ImpalaSS before? Actually I have. It'll rip
61 Kfrg : Sure you have, just like the Lambo "Johnny down the street lent you on your prom night"!
62 Superfly : Don't turn this thread in to a Chevy vs. BMW rant!
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