May 26, 2015
Well, it seemed like a good idea (after all, it worked with the Capri). Bring a couple of Ford of Germany’s nicer offerings over the pond and sell them at Lincoln-Mercury dealers. Only problem was — well, there were probably several problems, but from what I’ve heard and read, the sales people weren’t enamored with the cars, and could make more money selling Lincolns and Mercurys. The poor exchange rate, which pushed up the Merkurs’ prices, made a Lincoln or a Grand Marquis look very affordable to buyers. But the fact that anyone who was remotely interested in a Merkur, which was more of a driver’s car, could be talked into a land yacht-ish Town car, boggles my mind. There were two Merkurs offered here in the U.S.: the more luxurious Scorpio five-door hatchback, aimed at Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Audi buyers; and the pictured car, which is a 1988 Merkur XR4ti, a three-door hatch marketed towards a more sporty group. I can’t imagine that that mouthful of a name helped matters much. The Merkur was sold in North America from 1984-89 not very long at all. This red one was seen (for sale) in North Tonawanda. — Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post RealRides Of WNY appeared first on Buffalo Cars.