Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39418 posts, RR: 76 Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4790 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.
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".
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39418 posts, RR: 76 Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4748 times:
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!
You can do that to the cheap Chevy Impalas but not a Mercury!
That is a crime!
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 15 Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4745 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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Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39418 posts, RR: 76 Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4731 times:
BH346: I assume this will replace the Town Car, right?
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.
Drive a pink car around San Francisco?
I'd get lots of unwanted attention, if you know what I mean.
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.
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2861 posts, RR: 13 Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4676 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
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7716 posts, RR: 17 Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4672 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.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
AWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4625 times:
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.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39418 posts, RR: 76 Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4588 times:
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?
Those 1960s Lincolns are sweet but I'd rather put that amount of money towards flight school.
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.
I am not that good with body work... auto body work that is.
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.
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Those 1970s Trans Ams were great but I'd feel too much like Smokey and the Bandits.
Thunderbird convertibles are some sex cars!
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5245 posts, RR: 27 Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4560 times:
Right! (ROLLS ON FLOOR CACKLING UNCONTROLLABLY)
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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