1971 Mercury Marquis Colony Park Survivor

This gorgeous 1971 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park is described as a survivor station wagon, still wearing original California blue plates and seeing little use since 2017. The seller notes the interior looks unused, which is practically unheard of for a vehicle that naturally invites passengers. The full-length woodgrain trim is a treat, as are the hidden headlights. Find the Mercury here on eBay with bids approaching $3K and the reserve unmet.

While we take for granted how many cars came with woodgrain trim from this era, the extent of the coverage down the sides and rear gate of the Mercury is truly impressive. Even better, it doesn’t appear faded or otherwise marred by the passage of time. The seller notes the Mercury wears Applewood Green paint in concert with the woodgrain vinyl, a handsome combo that still looks good today.

The interior does present as well as the seller describes, with the front and rear benches and rear-most jumpseats all looking like they’ve seen very little use. The dash is uncracked and the woodgrain inserts still appear quite fresh. The seller claims he doesn’t know whether the Mercury has 25,000 or 125,000 miles, but the condition as presented here offers strong evidence of the former.

Of course, odometer roll-over is hardly unusual, so I’d lean towards calling this just a very nicely maintained example that looks like it could have a mere 25K on the clock. The 429 and C6 transmission combo is said to run and drive well, and it’s paired to a nine-inch rear axle. The power tailgate window still works, too. With the reserve unmet, I’m curious what it will take to drive this home – should a $5K bid do it?

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Comments

  1. Steve R

    These are one of the best looking wagons of the era. It would make a great swapmeet/highway cruiser.

    Steve R

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    • JAN VAN DE KERK

      it is one of the last big dinosaurs that came out of detroit before the 1973 oil crisis killed it off .

  2. Boatman Member

    It’s not a “Grand” Marquis. Jeez!

    Like 4
  3. Will Fox

    Finally, station wagons are having their place in the collector market, and while this Marquis represents the mere start of the emissions era, the 429 was still a puller. Not real loaded, but to me that’s part of the appeal. Vinyl bench, no power windows,seat, or locks, etc. just the necessities and twin facing third row seats for the kids or gear! Not sure if anyone replicates shelf-paper wood siding material, but at least this one isn’t scraped up. Plus, they ride like a cloud! FoMoCo full-size wagons of this era were fantastic riding road warriors.

    Like 13
  4. James Vogel

    Anyone know what the tow rating a car like this would be?

  5. STEVEN VISEK

    I grew up in the 1970 version of this, exactly the same inside and out except ours was a somewhat lighter shade of green. Thanks for the memories!

    Like 3
    • Tony M

      Steven, I bought (and unfortunately sold) the same car you mention. I have some great pics of the car if you’d like me to send them to you somehow. Don’t know how I might post them here.

  6. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Bring the credit card for the numerous fuel stops and take a nice long road trip with the family.
    Guaranteed to be unforgettable in more ways than one!

    Like 3
  7. TimM

    429 wagon!!! Hook up the camper load the family and away you go!!!

  8. Bill Pressler

    I like the ’71 and ’72 Mercs a lot better than the boxier, blockier ’73 and later models.

    Like 3
  9. Ray

    I bought 72 colony Park new(wish i still had it) drove it till about 1995 or 96.

    Like 1
  10. Jack

    I had a chance to buy one if these in the mid 1980’s for 800 bucks I think it was. It had a blown tranny but otherwise was cherry.

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