A giant 1966 Mercury stands out
at the Promenade on the Peninsula
Coffee & Cars show
On Saturday June 16, Pelican Parts hosted a Coffee & Cars show on the top deck of the parking garage at the Promenade on the Peninsula in Rolling Hills Estates, California.
At over 18 feet long, the beautiful unrestored 1966 Mercury Park Lane Marauder 2-door fast back hardtop was one of the few domestic cars and easily the largest car at the show.
Ford first introduced the "Parklane" nameplate as a two-door station wagon in 1956, and although it outsold the Chevrolet Nomad two-to-one, Ford discontinued the name plate after just one year.
In 1958, the "Park Lane" nameplate re-emerged as the premium model in the Mercury line as a two or four-door hardtop or a two-door convertible, but once again the nameplate was killed off after the 1960 model year.
The "Park Lane" model designation came to life for the third time in 1964, again as the highest Mercury brand trim level. The entire Mercury line was redesigned in 1965 with the signature wide, flat front grille and quad headlights as seen on this example which emphasizes the width of the car- over 6-1/2 feet.
Sadly the "Park Lane" nameplate was killed off yet again at the end of the 1968 model year, but even out of production, a black 1968 four-door Park Lane Brougham hardtop served as Detective Captain Steve McGarrett's car on the classic CBS television crime show Hawaii Five-O for the first seven seasons.
This 1966 two- door fastback hardtop has a curb weight of over two tons but thanks to its 410-cubic inch 330-horsepower engine and the Merc-o-matic automatic transmission, when new this car could accelerate from a standing start to 60 miles per hour in 8.2 seconds.
This beautiful unrestored car one of less than 8,500 built in 1966 with worn paint appeared stock aside from its unusual "kidney bean" aftermarket wheels which have "Avanti" center caps.
Photos by the author.