1986 Mercury Colony Park LS Wagon Survivor!

This beautiful time capsule of a 1986 Mercury Colony Park LS wagon has never been driven in the winter and it has always been parked in a garage. It can be found here on eBay in Bangor, Pennsylvania and the bids are just over $2,600. Let’s check out this beauty.

What a car, I can almost feel the road in this car. Or, actually, it may not even be possible to feel the road in this car or hear the wind rushing past you or any of that nonsense. You just point it, hit the cruise, and float away. What a car. Mercury gave their high-level Marquis wagons the Colony Park name initially, but in 1983 the Marquis wagons all became Colony Park models just differentiated by an LS, which was then their top model. They also lost the cool front fender louvers in 1983 but thankfully the electroluminescent coach lamps stayed on the b-pillars. I’m a sucker for things like that and I’m glad that they kept them around.

1987 was the last of the square-front Mercs and it’s when things got too modern for me, personally. I like the choppy, square front end on the pre-1988 cars compared to the rounded 1988 grille. They’re more classic Mercury Marquis to me. Are any of you bigger fans of the 1988+ rounded front Marquis over the earlier ones?

This is a sixth-generation Colony Park LS wagon and they were made for the 1979 to 1991 model years. The seller mentions that it has never been driven in the snow or rain. I don’t know how they planned to never be caught out in the rain but that’s what they say. There are a couple of small issues. One is that the rear hatch door, which gives access to a cavernous amount of storage space and/or two extra seats, only swings open, the fold-down feature isn’t working but they’re going to check into that.

The seats are big, puffy velour as you may have expected to see in a car from this vintage. I’m surprised to not see leather in a top-trim LS Colony Park but velour was standard on the LS – above vinyl seats for the base model – and leather was optional. Everything inside looks like it was just taken out of a factory showroom brochure. The rear seats would be a great place to cruise across America in, but I bet your kids would be complaining the whole way about not having charging ports for their $100-a-month smartphones and cup holders and a flatscreen tv on the back of the front headrests to watch videos on rather than looking out the windows. The times, they are a’changin’.

The engine could have benefited from a half-hour detail but sometimes it is actually nicer to not see everything bathed in shiny spray-and-wipe products. It’s just an honest, dusty real engine compartment. This is Ford’s Windsor 302 cubic-inch V8 which would have had 160 hp and 280 ft-lb of torque. For a two-ton car, it still has a respectable 10.5-second 0-60 time. Have any of you owned a Colony Park wagon?

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Comments

  1. mark

    Clark Griswald mobile…………….

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    • Johnmloghry

      When did 1986 pass by. Seems like yesterday to me. I like the looks of this wagon, these were really nice and comfortable cars. The 302 was a little underpowered, I had a couple Ford wagons a 71 with 351, a 74 with 400, a 73 with 429. Now those things could pull a house, but were heavy on gas consumption. Never owned a Mercury but those seats sure look comfy.
      God bless America

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  2. Bakyrdhero Member

    This one is real nice looking. I do prefer the 88 rounded grill, but I don’t like the 91’s dashboard that was redesigned to accommodate a drivers airbag.

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  3. JOHN

    I can’t believe how similar it looks to a
    Caprice Estate Wagon from the rear view.

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  4. Maestro1 Member

    These station wagons, or long roof cars, are actually three cars in one, which is one of many reasons to own one. They are passenger cars, they will haul an amazing amount of stuff out of the rain, and they are very credible as town cars headed to a social event. I have a Ford LTD and would not be without it.
    Somebody jump on this car.

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  5. John

    Beautiful car, but it sure would be prettier with the correct white wall tires. It’s not a low-end car and it’s not a sports car so why not go with correct White Walls for it?

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  6. TouringFordor

    I’ve had three Country Squires, two ’83s and one ’85. Loved them. Pulled a 14′ pop-up camper from Ohio to Nova Scotia, around the Cabot Trail, and back to Ohio with the second ’83. The ’85 had 300k miles on it when it finally gave out.

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  7. Razor

    I had a 72 colony park for 20 years, with a 429 !!

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  8. Bruce Fischer

    My daily driver is a87 Buick station wagon.Even my wife likes the way it rides.Bruce.

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  9. Brick

    The one I had was an ’82. It is #1 of those 1/2 dozen cars that I wish I still owned. The only complaint I ever had with that car was the AOD tranny that could not be manually shifted into 2nd gear. That flaw, combined with eco-gearing lead to a few unplanned rest stops on mountainous highways.

    I believe it was the 1986 model year that they ditched the Colony Park name “Colony Park”, “LS”; which sounds more appropriate for a traditional American Wagon?

  10. chrlsful

    ’83/6 Marquis (or LTD) is better for me. Got one?

    I like the down sized fox-bodied model better than this.
    Fella put the last yr stang interior (model ran till ’96 or 04?) & a motor frm this one in an LTD wagon. Very nice.

  11. Scotty Gilbertson Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    Auction update: this beautiful wagon sold at $6,601!

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