21k Mile 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park

When it comes to clean and tidy family station wagons, this 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park would appear to be a very nice example. It presents extremely well and seems to be in very sound mechanical condition. It is also claimed to have a mere 21,848 miles on the odometer, meaning that it should have plenty of life left in it. Located in Levittown, Pennsylvania, you will find the Mercury listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set a BIN of $8,995, but the option is also available to make an offer.

The Colony Park is not a small vehicle, measuring more than 18′ in total length. However, the vehicle’s styling makes it look decidedly smaller than this. The panels and paint are pretty hard to fault, with no signs of rust, or of any significant dents or dings. The glass looks to be free of scratches or chips, and if I was going to find anything to potentially criticize, I would say that the bumpers, especially the rear, could do with a polish. I always like chrome roof-racks as fitted to this car, but I’ve never been sure about just how practical they are. I suspect that they would be fine for relatively light loads, but I wouldn’t be putting anything substantial up there.

The interior of the Mercury really presents nicely, and for what is essentially a family wagon with light-colored upholstery, it appears to be free of any marks, stains, or tears. The rear cargo area is also in surprisingly good condition, with no major marks or damage. For the person looking for a family wagon, this one has an enormous amount of cargo space for carting everything but the kitchen sink. In fact, you could throw that in as well, because there’s room for it. The dash and headliner appear to be spotless, and there have been no aftermarket additions made to the car. I did notice that the front seatbelts are a bit dirty, but I think that these would clean okay. Otherwise, the Mercury looks good and comes equipped with ice-cold air conditioning, power windows, power locks, a tilt wheel, and an AM/FM stereo radio.

Tipping the scales at 3,975lbs, the Colony Park is by no means a lightweight. Getting that weight up and moving is a fuel-injected version of Ford’s 302ci Windsor V8. Producing 160hp, it sends its drive to the rear wheels via Ford’s 4-speed AOD transmission. The car also features power steering and power brakes. The engine bay presents quite nicely, although it does appear that there may be one or two items that have been given the rattle-can treatment. One thing that we do know is that the car runs and drives very well. The owner supplies this YouTube video of the car. It provides a pretty comprehensive walk-around and also affords us the opportunity to hear the engine running, and the car driving. It all seems to be spot-on in that regard.

When I was younger, I always looked upon station wagons as being little more than family transport and thought that people who bought them only did so for practical purposes. There is no arguing their practicality, but with manufacturers now turning their backs on wagon production, they have also become a desirable collectible. This Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park is not the flashiest example that you are likely to see, but it is extremely clean. My attitude on wagons has changed over the years, and I wouldn’t mind parking this one in my driveway.


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  1. Wonson

    Looks to be a very nicely taken care of wagon with 121,000 miles. The front seat appears to have been recovered, the driver door control panel is not sitting correct, under the hood it looks like a rough 21k or well taken care of 121k. I’d want to inspect in person and see records before beleiving the mileage claim.

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    Another mislead Ebay post from your local flipper.

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  3. Randy

    Let’s see … if you buy the car you will have to take a road trip and practice saying ‘ don’t make me come back there!’ And with the Windsor engine maybe you will get 10 mpg.
    Not a great car around town but a fun car for 6 on the highway.

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    • PaulG

      Had the Ford equivalent and could get 20 mpg at 75 w/ the A/C driving across the desert from AZ to CA. Not too shabby.
      Nice Merc’, not sure about the mileage claim though…

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    • Fred W

      Under 10 MPG is true of the big blocks from the early 70’s, but by the time this came out the manufacturers had made great strides due to weight reduction , FI, etc. 20 MPG on the road was very possible with this one and the same era Caprices, etc.

  4. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    While the claimed mileage might not be true, all in all, it’s a clean wagon. It seems to be rust free and the interior is very nice. It appears to have been well taken care of cosmetically so hopefully the same level of care went into the drive line. Even if the mileage is much higher, it’s still a nice wagon and probably worth near the ask.

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  5. John

    Did Mercury even offer a wood grain delete car in 1987? It seems like every mid eighties or later Mercury station wagon always had wood grain. The dirt / where on the vinyl driver seat would definitely indicate to me does this car has seen more than 21,000 miles.

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  6. CJM

    Yes you could get these with a woodgrain delete option. I saw an original ’86 that way 18 years ago. It was an LS too. I would have bought it if it had not been Spinnaker blue. The color on this one isn’t much better. This one is a GS with the base vinyl seats, which do look original. It was not publicized in the brochure as a delete option but apparently Ford would leave the woodgrain off on special order. They look better with it IMO. I’ve only seen pics online of a couple other Colony Parks without woodgrain, so it is very rare. These are some of the best cars ever made and get close to 30 MPG on the highway if driven with a light foot. Even a wagon with the trailer tow package can achieve 24 MPG highway. I buddy of mine has one and has done so. The mileage claim MAY be correct. These seats are known to split at the seams when they age, the closeup of the tire looks like factory Michelin of that vintage, and I see nothing that would rule out the 21k.

  7. PatrickM

    Can you say, “Road trip?” Smooth sailing.

  8. Stevieg

    I have never seen the Mercury version of these (like this) without the vinyl protective stripes going down the sides, or without the chrome emblems on the front fenders between the front doors & the front wheels. I believe this to be a repaint, along with 121,000 miles. Still in very good shape & probably worth 2/3 of the asking price to the right person.
    I inherited a 1982 LTD sedan (Crown Vic style, before they were called Crown Vic) just like this with a carburated 302 (variable venturi junk) & that car would get 23-24 mpg’s on the freeway. This car with fuel injection should get even better. Even if not a collector item, this could be a very practical daily driver that can haul stuff & not be a truck.
    Whoever buys it woll get a nice car. I hope they can buy it for a decent price.

  9. chrlsful

    is it a motor swap? I don’t remember that plenium on this yr car.
    Wishin it wuz a yr earlier (thru ’83) for the dwn sized fox waggy…

  10. CJM

    MPFI plenum was used from 1986 and up on the Panther platform cars. So it is correct.

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