Affordable Luxury: 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis GS

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If you’ve always wanted your own slice of affordable luxury motoring, then maybe this 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis GS is a car that is worth a second look. It’s a car that offers reasonable levels of comfort, luxury, and performance in a single package. The fact that bidding has only reached $610 in a No Reserve auction certainly earns it the tag of affordable. Located in Levittown, Pennsylvania, you will find the Mercury listed for sale here on eBay.

I actually like the styling of the Mercury, and at first glance, it does seem to be in quite good condition. However, the photos do have me a bit torn. I’m trying to work out whether there is a reflection in the paint below the mirror and the C-Pillar on the driver’s side, or if there’s something a bit weird going on with the paint. Working on the theory that it is a reflection (and correct me if you think that I’m wrong), the Mercury does appear to be free of rust or accident damage, while all of the trim and glass appears to be present and in good condition.

The 1990 model years saw some pretty major changes to the interior of the Grand Marquis, and many of these were to accommodate the introduction of a driver’s airbag. The instrument panel was changed from square dials to a strip speedometer, while the front speakers were moved from the dash to the front doors. The interior of this Mercury looks to be in good condition, and apart from what I think is an aftermarket clock to the left of the speedometer, it appears to be original. Being a luxury car, the occupants get their share of toys and gadgets designed to make life that bit more enjoyable. Power windows, power seats, air conditioning, power locks, and cruise control are all included in the package. Interestingly, this year also heralded the introduction of three-point seatbelts to the rear outboard passengers, a move that greatly enhanced safety.

Under the hood, you’ll find the 5.0-liter V8 engine, a 4-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes. With 150hp on tap, performance figures for the Mercury were never going to be startling, but they are definitely adequate for a luxury 5-seater. The presentation under the hood is extremely nice for a car of this age, while the owner says that the car runs and drives very well. There really looks like there will be little to do but to climb aboard and travel the roads in the lap of luxury.

Let’s be honest here and admit to the fact that the Mercury Grand Marquis is probably never going to be worth mega-dollars. However, it is a sure-footed RWD family car with a fair level of luxury appointments. For someone who is just dipping their toe into the world of classic car ownership, then it probably represents a pretty safe entry point. Good examples sell for around $5,000 in today’s market, and with bidding quite slow at present, it may well represent a bargain classic or a great daily driver.

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  1. Bakyrdhero

    These are great cars as I said already with the pearl one here a couple weeks ago. This dealer doesn’t seem to be responsible for much of anything after the sale AND doesn’t need to provide proof of actual miliage. I believe the clear coat is nearly gone on the drivers side. This happened to ours also. Those seats are ridiculously comfortable however and the price is likely to be so low it’s worth it for the right person. Clean interior, but the switch to the wide speedometer seems like a step back in time.

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  2. glenn

    the paint looks bad and i dont like the cloth interior but that is a prejudice of my own. otherwise it looks good but without a ccarfax and a mechanic root around im not sure its worth the transport costs

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  3. Wayne

    While being a service manager at a Ford/Mercury store back then. The Grand Marquis, Crown Victorias and the Mustangs only came in for their oil changes and scheduled maintenance. Even the Highway Patrol vehicles ( Crown Vics and Mustangs) were abused but maintained never seem to break. Boring, comfortable, reliable wheels for cheap. Most of the Crown Vics at the state auctions became taxis and then sold to the public after taxi usage. “Takes a lik’in and keeps on tick in’!”

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