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Because the creator of the now-much-overused time period “Malaise Period” (which I say began in 1973 and led to 1983, full cease), I’ve a sure affection for the large two-door Detroit automobiles of the late Nineteen Seventies. When such a automobile is constructed on the very first mannequin 12 months of Ford’s long-lived Panther platform and I discover one in a junkyard, I should doc it. The 1979 Mercury Marquis is such a automobile, and this one was present in a San Francisco Bay Space self-service yard final month.

Since Ford constructed the Grand Marquis all over the demise of the Panther platform— and Mercury itself— in 2011, it is easy for us to neglect that the mannequin title began out as simply the plain outdated Marquis, again within the 1967 mannequin 12 months, with the Grand appellation used for the automobile’s high trim stage. Whereas at this time’s Junkyard Gem has a few of the options of the Grand Marquis and Marquis Brougham trim ranges for 1979 (notably the padded vinyl landau roof and energy home windows), it lacks the massive chrome lower-body moldings of these automobiles. As a substitute, it is a common Marquis 2-door sedan with an enormous load of pricey choices.

That landau roof has suffered tremendously from its many years beneath the vinyl-disintegrating California solar.

The Panther platform was an enormous technological improve from the late-Fifties-vintage chassis know-how of full-sized Fords of the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, and it stayed in front-line service in a lot the identical type by 2011. Although its journey and dealing with had been a lot improved, the 1979 Marquis was fairly a bit smaller than its predecessors, and that triggered some grumbling amongst Mercury consumers.

Some ham-handed junkyard consumers actually tore up the inside of this automobile whereas extracting just a few bits and items, however we are able to nonetheless admire the Pine Inexperienced pleather of the wonderful Twin Consolation Lounge entrance seats.

You had two engine decisions when shopping for a brand new ’79 Marquis: the bottom 302-cubic-inch (5.0-liter) Windsor V8 making 129 horsepower or the optionally available 351-cubic-inch (5.8-liter) Windsor V8 rated at 138 horsepower. This one seems to be the 351, the identical engine as had been swapped into the pizza-delivery Mercury I drove within the center Eighties.

New automobiles offered in California round this time had these big emissions-numbers stickers on the aspect glass. Later, they went on the underside of the hood. These HC and CO numbers had been nasty in comparison with the clean-running gasoline engines now we have at this time, however not less than the early smog-preventing know-how helped make the air in Los Angeles much less horrible than it had been a decade earlier.

There was plenty of anti-import-car sentiment going round within the late Nineteen Seventies, and this Mercury actually was made in America (Missouri, to be actual) on the market in America. Nevertheless, Ford was additionally promoting German- and British-built automobiles in the USA at the moment, to not point out Japanese-built pickups. For that matter, what in regards to the Made In Argentina For Argentina Fords of 1979? Or the Made In Australia For Australia Fords?

All of the lichen and moss buildup signifies a automobile that sat outside for years, in all probability many years. It would not have been any nice trick to revive this one, however the associated fee would have outweighed any conceivable future resale worth.

Although it is smaller on the surface, it is larger on the within!

Now with computer-assisted design.

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