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Time warp barn find in stunning original condition. Low miles & simply stunning.

1978 Mercury Grand Marquis

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Aug 11, 2014
US $12,500.00
Approximately C $15,831.24(including shipping)
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Barrington, Illinois, United States
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Vehicle Specifics for 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis
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1978 Mercury Grand Marquis
VIN#: 8Z66S526379
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Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at ... Read moreabout the condition
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 8Z66S526379
Year: 1978 Number of Cylinders: 8
Make: Mercury Transmission: C6 3 speed automatic
Model: Grand Marquis Body Type: Luxury 4 door sedan
Trim: Grand Marquis Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Engine: 400 cubic inch Ford V8 Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive Options: Cassette Player
Mileage: 52,900 Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Exterior Color: grey Fuel Type: Gasoline
Interior Color: light grey velour

Grand Marquis


 A real time-warp find!


This is a really authentic, great condition Marquis sedan. It is the top of the line Brougham with the 400ci engine. The car is very original in all aspects and is a rare and wonderful find.This is a genuine 1 owner car that spent its whole life in the Midwest, coddled and was never used in the snow. It was "grand dad's" pride and joy until he passed away. It is showing a very modest 52,864 miles. So pristine, she looks like 10,000 miles. It even comes with its dealer delivery original 8-track customer introduction guide.

Finished in "Dove Grey" with matching grey velour interior that is in perfect unblemished condition. The car has all original fitments including its factory radio and hubcaps.

The car has been recently gone over by a local work-shop and everything is in good operating condition. The engine runs smooth and powerful. Brakes are good and the car stops sure. All features and functions work well with the heater hot and A/C ice cold (compressor a little noisy but otherwise ok). All windows, mirrors, radio, wipers, exterior and interior lights work as they should. The headlight covers work every time!

The car was rust treated at time of new delivery by the Mercury dealer back in 1978. You can see the hole plugs used on the inside edges for this process. The "yucky" black you see under the hood is this treatment. Under the hood, is otherwise as immaculate as the rest of the car.

The body is entirely rust free and the underside is clean. The whole car is very straight, accident free and has never had any body repair. This is evidenced by the original factory stickers and markings on the inside edges and under the hood. The paint appears to be completely factory original with the exception of one lower door and looks fantastic. There are minor nicks and chips but nothing else - not even a ding! It is very shiny, consistent and simply looks great from close and afar. The original vinyl top is perfect.

All rubber, glass and trim fixtures are in wonderful condition without any signs of fading, marks or scratches. The bumpers have early signs of pitting but no rust! The chrome on the car is good with minor oxidisation from sitting, and so calls for the soul of the fastidious to clean and detail it back to perfection. The hubcaps are near flawless.

The interior is absolutely fantastic! This is the hall mark of this Grand Marquis and makes the car look like she is only a couple of years old. Finished in a light grey velour, she looks incredibly sharp. The dash is prefect without any sun-fading or cracking. All the faux wood and chrome finishings are like new. The dash cluster is like new. In fact the whole dash looks like new! The steering column without scratches (even by the key) and the steering wheel excellent without a single. The fabric seats are in simply amazing presentation and condition, totally clean and without even a thread pulled. Carpets, door panels, handles, switches, knobs and every little item is virtually perfect. The headliner is indeed perfect. The interior is without doubt a 9.999999 out of 10. Just stunning.

he car all round is very original in all respects. Sporting original hubcaps on original rims. 

Overall, this Grand Marquis is an excellent example. Although not a "show car" by true definition, it certainly ranks extremely high in its current collectible condition. You could certainly drive her with pride as-is to your next Ford/Mercury/Lincoln meet and attract a lot of attention and take home a prize. It certainly ranks as a clear 10-out-of-10 driver condition and would make a great low-cost investment for any 70s car collection.

~~ Please note: the "blurred out" license plates in the photos is not to disguise the ownership of the car but simply because I was using my company plates at the time of the photographing. The car is from my private collection and 100% mine to sell.~~



In 1967, the Marquis nameplate made its first appearance as a two-door hardtop version of the Mercury Monterey; largely the Mercury equivalent of the Ford LTD, the Marquis would serve the replacement for the Park Lane and Montclair as the Monterey became the entry model of the full-size Mercury line in 1969. In 1969, the Marquis would take over the Brougham trim package from the Park Lane.

In 1975, to bridge the gap between the Marquis Brougham and the Lincoln Continental, Mercury introduced the Grand Marquis trim. In 1979, as the Marquis was redesigned and downsized, the Grand Marquis made its return as the top-trim of the full-size Mercury line. This generation introduced the hidden headlights that were a Lincoln-Mercury trademark in the 1970s. Metallic gold examples of the 1969 and 1970 model Marquis convertibles (very low production) were used for the final two seasons of the Green Acres TV series.

1971 brought a major restyling for the full-size Mercurys. The body wore more rounded, flowing styling with wider C-pillars and wraparound tail-lamps (on sedans). Other changes included fender skirts and the elimination of vent windows; all models wore frameless window glass. While slow sales led to the cancellation of the Marauder fastback and the convertible, Mercury revived the Brougham name as part of the Marquis and Colony Park lineup.

1972 brought minor changes such as egg-crate grilles, revised tail-lamps and seatbelt warning buzzers.

The Grand Marquis was introduced as a luxury trim line in 1975 when the Monterey series was dropped and all full-size Mercurys took the Marquis name. Unlike the related Crown Victoria, which was an option package on the LTD Landau, the Grand Marquis was a trim level in its own right.

Mechanical Details

The 351M small-block V8 entered the lineup in 1978 to increase the fuel economy of the Marquis; for that year, the 351 became the standard engine on all models. In California and in 'High Altitude' areas, the 400 Cleveland V8 was fitted as standard equipment or available as an option.

Approximately 7,850,000 full-size Fords and Mercurys were sold over 1969-78. This makes it the second best selling Ford automobile platform after the Ford Model T. Few, however, would remain in this condition.

The photos of this car say it all so take the time to have a look at the photo link below.

  Click HERE to see additional photos!





The "blurred out" license plates in the photos is not to disguise the ownership of the car but simply because I was using my company plates at the time of the photographing.

 The car is from my private collection and 100% mine to sell.



The black "overspray" you see on the inside fenders & edges is rust-treatment done at new car dealer delivery






Click HERE to see additional photos!





This Mercury Marquis is part of a private collection. I am not a broker or retail-style car dealer; although licensed, I am a professional car collector of some 30 years with considerable experience and knowledge of British and European Cars. I have a long standing reputation being associated with Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor cars which I take seriously. I take a lot of pride in my cars and have fun in collecting and restoring them. However, auctions are not a game so when you place a bid or offer, and you are the winning bidder, please understand you have entered a binding contract. You cannot bid and win the auction and expect not to meet the terms and conditions. Bidding and/or winning does not mean you are expecting me to “hold” the car until you have the opportunity to inspect it. Any inspection contemplated should be undertaken BEFORE you bid or make an offer and I openly welcome any potential buyer to come and personally inspect the car. Once you bid or make an offer, you are doing so to buy WITHOUT conditions. A $1000.00 deposit (non-refundable) is required within 24 hours of the close of the auction and payable by PayPal. The balance of funds are required within 7 days of the close of the auction and must be provided by cashier’s check or bank wire. I cannot accept PayPal for the balance unless you are willing to meet the cost of transfer fees. Full payment must be made (and payments cleared) before the title and/or the vehicle is released. All payments are non-refundable. Payments as described above form an important part of this purchase contract and so, if all the funds are not received as outlined above, I reserve the right to terminate the transaction without notice. If there has been any deposit or other part payments received and I elect to terminate the contract, I reserve the right to keep any such deposits or payments and resell the vehicle to another bidder or interested party or re-list the vehicle at any time. I am happy to assist with shipping arrangements on a national and worldwide basis but the winning bidder takes full responsibility for pickup and/or shipping and at his cost.


As a collector and experienced restorer of classic cars, I make every effort to bring my cars to a very high standard. Unless specifically stated, the car is not of show standard but of good quality "driver" condition. Please understand, the very nature of these classics is such that it is not always possible to attend to every single item, or perhaps I may have inadvertently overlooked an item. Please note, fitted radio/stereo systems are usually subject to upgrade by purchasers so I do not ensure operation of these. Further, a feature or function that is working perfectly one moment, may decide to play-up the next. After all, it is some 40 years old. For this reason it is necessary for the following condition:  


The vehicle is being sold "as-is/where-is" with no warranty expressed, written or implied. Any descriptions or representations are made with reasonable judgment and all efforts are made to ensure fair assessment and accuracy but they are for descriptive and identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. The seller shall not be responsible for errors in description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, unforeseen imperfection, defect or damage. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have satisfied himself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects at the buyer’s request prior to the close of the auction.  Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle. Being a classic car in excess of 10 years of age, in most US states, the mileage may be recorded as “exempt”. In this regard the seller makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the mileage indicated or shown. I can hold the vehicle up to 30 days while you arrange shipping but you must immediately insure it. I will not bear any responsibility for any additional costs including storage, transportation, or repair after the close of the auction. Whereas I am happy to store the car in excess of 30 days from auction end, a cost of $35 per day shall apply beyond 30 days of auction end. Also, you must remember that this is a classic +/-40 year old vehicle, and while it is up to you, I do not recommend that you just “hop in and drive it across the country”.  At least, I have never done that.  I have always professionally transported the cars in enclosed carriers from where I bought them to my home.  




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