The last new model design of an American car. Big, black, and five star safe in a crash. The 2003-2004 Mercury Marauder.
As of 2003 it’s really true, they don’t make em like they used to. The car’s structure, it’s rigidity, it’s flexibility to use it in unintended ways revolves around the frame. Convert to a convertible? No problem. Drop in an engine with quadruple the power? No problem. Turn it into an offroad monster or slam it? No biggie.
This particular car had the honor of having a model specific engine that could withstand DOUBLING the torque and horsepower with just bolt on upgrades. No inner engine work to maintain reliability, just bolt ons. Not to mention the venerable community, home to this blog’s name. The modness.
Marauder owners are inevitably infected by the simplicity, the extensibility, the sensibility of a car with a solid frame that could be used WAY beyond spec.