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History of the 1969-1970 Mercury Marauder
Mercury had allowed the Marauder nameplate to lapse after the 1965 model year, but brought it back for 1969 as a personal luxury car using late-60s “coke bottle” body styling on a full-size chassis.
The 1969-70 Mercury Marauder was available only as a two-door hardtop similar to the Ford Galaxie 500 SportsRoof, but featured false air intakes on the rear fenders to distinguish the car visually.
Engine power came from Mercury’s 390 cid V-8 engine, rated at 265 horsepower with a two-barrel carburetor. Buyers could also order the Marauder with the 390 and a four-barrel carburetor at 320 horsepower, or a 428 cubic inch V-8 at 335 horsepower.
At the high end, buyers could opt for the special X-100 model, which utilized Mercury’s 429 cubic inch V-8 engine rated at 360 horsepower with a four-barrel carburetor. X-100 cars also received most of the option book as standard equipment, including rear fender skirts, two-tone paint, leather upholstery, and alloy wheels.
A three-speed manual transmission was standard equipment, but a SelectShift automatic was optional on Marauder and standard on Marauder X-100. Just 9,031 Marauders were made for 1969, plus 5,635 of the Marauder X-100 models.
For 1970, production dropped to 3,397 Marauders and 2,646 of the Marauder X-100. The 390 base engine was dropped, and the Marauder received the 429 V-8 with a two-barrel carburetor at 320 horsepower, while the Marauder X-100 was powered by the 429 with a four-barrel at 360 horsepower. The Marauder X-100 still received the upgraded trim levels of 1969.
The X-100 package Marauders in this generation are most collectible, with the 429 engine as a true muscle car package for Ford-family aficionados. Marauders are heavy, at about 4,000 pounds, but also luxurious. After this generation, the Marauder name went out of production until it was revived in 2003.
1970 Mercury Marauder X-100 Info
2dr Hardtop Coupe
8-cyl. 429cid/360hp 4bbl Cobra Jet
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