1963 Mercury S-55 Marauder hardtop coupe of the 1963-1964 S-55 & Marauder
1963 Mercury S-55 Marauder hardtop coupe

As Mercury's cousins to the Ford Galaxie 500XL, the 1963-1964 Mercury S-55 and Marauder were large luxurious cars. The Marauders usually sported bucket seats, and were offered with a wide assortment of V-8s.

The "slantback" two-door hardtop debuted as a mid-year model in 1963 as part of the Monterey Custom series, and was also available in sportier S-55 form -- a bucket-seat subseries begun in 1962, packing a heavy-duty suspension and a 300-bhp 390 V-8 as standard. S-55s also came as a notchback hardtop and convertible.

No S-55 version was offered for 1964, but you could get Marauder fastback styling in all of Mercury's big-car series -- Monterey, Montclair, and Park Lane -- with either two or four doors. Engine options were extended that year -- Mercury's 25th anniversary -- to include the mighty 410/425-bhp 427, compared to a 385/405-bhp 406 in 1963.

Interestingly enough, there hasn't been a whole lot of collector movement in big-Merc performance models of the early '60s, even the convertibles, which are hardly numerous.

Pluses of the 1963-1964 Mercury S-55 & Marauder:

  • Lots of room
  • Ample, even awesome performance
  • Brawny looks
  • Strong runners

Minuses of the 1963-1964 Mercury S-55 & Marauder:

  • Drinks a lot of gas
  • Scarce body parts
  • Moderately rust-prone

Production of the 1963 Mercury:

  • S-55 2-door formal hardtop: 3,863
  • S-55 convertible: 1,379
  • S-55 Marauder fastback hardtop: 2,319
  • Marauder fastback hardtop: 7,298

Production of the 1964 Monterey Marauder:

  • 2-door hardtop: 8,760
  • 4-door hardtop: 4,143

Production of the 1964 Montclair Marauder:

  • 2-door hardtop: 6,459
  • 4-door hardtop: 8,655

Production of the 1964 Park Lane Marauder:

  • 2-door hardtop: 1,052
  • 4-door hardtop: 4,505

Specifications of the 1963-1964 Mercury S-55 & Marauder:
Wheelbase, inches: 120.0
Length, inches: 215.0 (1963), 215.5 (1964)
Weight, pounds: 3,887-4,056
Price, new: $3,083-$3,413 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1963-1964 Mercury S-55 & Marauder:

TypeSize Horsepower Years
ohv V-8 390 250/300/330 1963-1964
ohv V-8406385/4051963
ohv V-8427410/4251964

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