Mercury (owned by the Ford Motor Company) introduced the Marauder X-100 to compete against the likes of the Buick Wildcat and Pontiac Grand Prix. Designed to be a luxurious muscle car, Mercury’s print advert read “Mercury Marauder X-100 – In case luxury isn’t enough”. It certainly packed a hefty punch, the standard engine fitted was a monster.
1969 Mercury Marauder X-100 Design
A 2-door hardtop, long, low and with a large V8. Mercury were so determined to make the Marauder X-100 ‘sporty’ that they included faux air vents on each quarter panel, a two-tone matte paint job and fat alloy wheels (the rears being covered with fender skirts).
Built on a shortened Marquis platform, the Marauder was the flagship for Mercury.
1969 Mercury Marauder X-100 Interior
The Marauder X-100 was a combination of luxury and performance, the dials were lifted straight from the Marquis but there were options for full bucket seats (leather trimmed) and a center console. Of course, luxury meant that nearly everything (accessory wise) could be powered, but at a price.
1969 Mercury Marauder X-100 Specs
A sticker price of $4,791 meant that the Marauder X-100 wasn’t cheap, perhaps that’s why they only sold 5,635 of them in 1969. Add in a Cruise-O-Matic transmission and a couple of powered options and you could push that sticker price well over $5,200.
Length: 219.1” Wheelbase: 121” Width: 79.6” Height: 54.2” Curb Weight: 4,389 lbs
3-speed auto transmission.
1969 Mercury Marauder X-100 Performance
Mercury decided that the old adage was true; there ain’t no substitute for cubes. They fitted the Marauder with a 429 ci (7.0 liter) V8 with a four barrel carb. The result was 360 BHP and a massive 480 lb/ft of torque. It had a fairly lazy ¼ mile time at 15 seconds, but 0 – 60 was done in 7.5 seconds and the top speed was 124 MPH, it was pretty quick in its day.
Handling was as you’d expect; loose, but Mercury did offer an optional competition suspension package consisting of uprated springs and dampers.
1969 Mercury Marauder X-100 Collectability and price
The Mercury Marauder X-100 really wasn’t that popular at the time, even now, prices are only just beginning to reflect that this is a true American muscle car.
Expect to pay anywhere between $8,000 for a fair condition example, up to $25,000 for a pristine version – that is cheap muscle motoring when you compare it against some of its rivals.
We love the look of the Marauder X-100, to us, it epitomizes the look, sound and feel of true American muscle – grab one before everyone else realizes that!