2002 Mercury Marauder Concept Convertible
Offered by Auctions America | Auburn, Indiana | June 1-3, 2012
The Mercury Marauder (a hot-rod nameplate that traces its roots back to the early 1960s) was re-introduced in 2003 based on the Ford Panther platform – basically a re-worked Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis. By re-worked, I mean it had a 4.6-liter DOHC V8 making 302 horsepower. By contrast, the standard Grand Marquis had a 239 horsepower 4.6-liter SOHC V8. Only 11,052 Marauders were produced between 2003 and 2004. It is a car I continue to lust after.
So what’s better than a big, black sleeper sedan? Not much, but I really dig this 2002 Marauder Concept Convertible built by Roush. The engine was supercharged to 335 horsepower, the roof was cut off and two doors removed. What an idea! Too bad Ford didn’t take the bait and build a run of them.
This is, presumably, one-of-one and had a build cost approaching half a million dollars. I don’t know what it will bring at auction, but it won’t be half a million dollars. A tenth of that would should be considered “well sold.” The car has 155 miles on it and is listed as “fully roadworthy” – which I’m sure it is. I’m also sure it would be a hoot to drive. It is also noted that this car is sold on bill of sale only. So it’s up to the buyer to get it registered.
Update: Sold $51,700.