Well , before we get started , I thought I'd walk around the 72 marquee Brome because the sun peeked out for just a brief minute .
I wanted to show you this gold glamour metallic paint in the sunlight because unfortunately , while the video is being shot , it wasn't all that sunny and I think this car just looks so much different and better in the sunlight than in the shade .
But you judge for yourself in any case , let's talk more about this 1972 marquee Brome Hard top coop .
Hello , this is Adam and welcome to Rare Classic cars today .
One of the most comfortable vehicles in my fleet , maybe even the most comfortable .
It's certainly on that spectrum .
And yes , a lot of people when you talk about comfortable cars , they'll say , well , what about Citrons , particularly the DS , which is indeed super comfortable , but that's not a car that's an affordable classic .
I would say you might be able to procure one but not affordable in terms of maintaining it .
But this is a car that is affordable that a lot of people can own and it's just a joy to drive .
This is a 1972 mercury marquee bro Coop .
And for those of you who have been watching the program for some time , you know that I love Mercury , particularly from 1967 to 74 .
Those are really my favorite and those are my favorite of all Ford Motor Company products .
To be honest , I think Ford really was starting to hit their stride during that period of time with good quality , the doors in this car really just open and close with a level of , I don't know , sound and that you just can't replicate on a GM or Chrysler of the era and the body fits in this car all pretty good as well too , Ford really amped up their fit and finish game in this mid seventies period .
In fact , they enlisted Hugh Downs in a commercial or a series of commercials to talk about how the closer you look , the better Fords look that was kind of their tagline during this time period .
And Ford also had a tag line during this time period .
That quiet is the sound of a well made car that was really used on the L T DS .
But the Mercury had an even greater level of sound deadening in them , particularly the marquee bros .
These do have different sound deadening whether you look at a base L T D , the L T D , bro , the marquee , the marquee Brome , the marquee Brome was really just sublime and it rides atop 124 inch wheel base .
The L T Ds rode at top 100 21 inch wheel base .
This particular marquee Brome Coup , as I mentioned , it's in 1972 .
It's finished in a color called gold Glamour metallic , which was an option .
I think it was about a 35 $40 option to get the car in this color .
And of the 20,000 marquee Brome Coops that were sold in 1972 about 25 2600 were made in this color .
So it was a pretty popular color , very seventies color and 72 was just a minor revision to the 1971 body style .
This car actually , the platform came out in 1969 69 70 have a similar look .
71 they redid the front and the rear and the 71 has this beautiful kind of rectilinear graphic up front on the grill .
72 they went to this egg crate more luxury pattern and you notice even the front has this crest on it , which is the Lincoln Mercury crest , which I find somewhat humorous .
Clearly , they're trying to copy , let's say another luxury automaker and the car has a number of styling cues that really are upper end .
Certainly Lincoln esque , if not , in some cases , Cadillac esque , but that very pronounced area of the hood , that kind of rooftop hood if you will .
Certainly harkens to Lincoln's .
It's interesting .
The Fords have this narrower raise surface here .
The mercury pull it out a little more and then the pull it out even a little bit more .
But I think just overall a stunning looking vehicle and it's just a wonderful one to drive .
This car amazingly was sold at Mulligan Ford in Dearborn , Michigan when it was new .
Somehow over the years made its way down to Roanoke , Virginia , which is where I picked it up and I've returned it back here to the Midwest , but it's absolutely rust free .
One of the best condition marquee of this era that I've ever seen .
Let's take a walk around it and I'll explain to you a little bit more about why I like these vehicles just so much .
We'll walk around this marquee , bro .
Again , it's a hard top coop and it's called the hard top coop because there's no pillar here .
This just goes down with the window glass , but this car is huge or at least it looks visually huge .
It's not the biggest car ever made , but you could land a helicopter on that trunk and this rear three quarter view is .
Well , I don't know what the adjective is for it .
Quite stunning .
In 72 they changed the rear end a little bit from 71 .
You can see this filler panel in the middle there in 71 there's a light bar that goes all the way across and then they lost the trunk lot cover .
I'm guessing a cost cutting move before it would reappear again in 1974 .
They also change this main body line in 73 .
If you got the marquee , bro , you were fortunate enough to get this fender peak molding that went the whole length of the car and accentuated it .
And you also got fender skirts .
Interestingly , if you got a marquee in Canada , you did not get fender skirts standard and actually we got a marquee in Canada .
This daylight opening molding here , this piece of stainless terminates right here .
It doesn't even go all the way down and there is that molding does not exist on the door .
It's a Canada only trim .
I almost bought one of those cars because I thought it was just so cool .
It looked terrible .
This just stopped right about there .
But that's what they did take a look at the super comfy interior .
This dash was only used for two years in the door panels .
71 72 .
It's unique to Mercury .
This car does not have the twin comfort lounge seats .
It's just a standard bench seat , although it is power operated and it does have dual arm rests .
You can see there in the middle , no dome light and a fuzzy headliner , but you can see it does have lights in the sea pillars and it does have lights on the kick well as well as a reading light right underneath there too .
I think a very elegant door panel , all soft touch materials here , no hard plastic aside from this little trim piece and then you have the carpeting down here and this is for the AM F M radio .
This car does have a few options .
AM F M radio , power seat air conditioning , just the manual air conditioning .
You could get automatic temperature control in these and it has the annoying fasten seat belt light , which is why the seat belt is buckled there so I can move it in and out without that beeping .
But I love , I love the gauges in this car and just the instrument cluster I think is so cool and nicely trimmed in the back .
The rear windows do go down on this car , put the key on and you can watch , operate the driver's window here .
So that would go away in 75 .
I believe the rear windows would no longer be functional .
But in this year , they were , let's take a look at the enormous trunk in this car .
Very small glove box , by the way , and there's the reading light and here we're getting a brief moment in the sun .
You can see this gold glamour metallic paint in the sun is just wonderful on this was called yellow gold moon dust , same color .
I've got my battery jump box in here in case I go retrieve another vehicle , it does have power antenna but a huge deep well trunk in here that some people , like , some people didn't like because the lift over height is pretty significant here to get down into the trunk .
The fuel tank is sitting vertically here and that's an original spare tire .
So enormous trunk on these vehicles you could fit .
I think at least 10 golf bags in here pretty easily .
Let's go pop the hood .
This does not have an interior hood release .
And by the way , there's the Lincoln Mercury Crest .
All right .
And there we have it 429 cubic inch four venturi or four barrel carburetor making about 200 horsepower .
Halfway through the 1972 model year , the 460 became optional in these .
It was previously a Lincoln exclusive , but like I said , halfway through the 72 model year , you could get it on these mercies .
This one obviously is not so equipped , but the 4 29 is just fine , plenty of power , plenty of torque , really nice smooth engine in here .
And great thing about your full size Fords there .
If you ever have to replace a heater core , like I did when I first bought this car , turn on the heater and fog up the windows .
There's an access plate right there .
You just remove , I don't know , maybe eight screws and then you can pull the heater core right out .
You have to get this vacuum tea off the firewall too , which is held in with I think two screws as well , but pretty easy job .
That was one thing I had to replace when I got the car and here we'll start it up .
One other fun thing about this car is it has pneumatic door locks , power door locks so you can hear it .
So you just pull up .
It's a strange feature .
You pull up where you push down and that's what activates the power lock .
So there's no switch .
You just move that up or down .
Let's start the car up .
I can get the key in .
There we go .
So smooth .
And I did have dual exhaust put on this car when I bought it , I probably own this car .
Well , since 2015 , because these license plates are good for 10 years .
So about eight years , this surveillance panel down here is almost always bent and this one is perfect .
It's kind of the flimsiest piece of the whole car overall .
Just a super , super comfortable ride , great vehicle overall .
Hard to go wrong .
Hope you enjoyed this .
Walk around the 72 Marquis , bro .
All right .
So here we go in the marquee row .
This car is a little bit louder than normal , dual exhaust , but just a super smooth cruiser .
No rattles , no shakes , no , just smooth cruising of these cars that I'll call it an entry level collectible from a price standpoint and they've gotten more expensive for many years .
These cars really were just unloved .
I think when I bought this one in 2015 , I think I paid 6500 maybe $7000 for it .
And it had 38,000 miles at the time .
It has 42,000 miles on it now .
So it's hard , not hard not to drive them .
They drive wonderful .
I would guess a car like this now , you know , might be somewhere in the zip code of 12 to 15,000 and for that price , I mean , you just get something that is a wonderful ride .
I don't ever anticipate selling this car .
It hard to improve upon it .
If you're looking for a smooth ride , if you're in the mountains and want a car to go back and forth with the twist turns , do not get one of these , this car will make you seasick if you want something as an interstate cruiser doesn't get much better than this inside .
The 429 is very quiet again , aside from the exhaust that's on here , which is a slightly louder than normal .
Not offensive though , does lean quite a bit in the corner going over .
You can see there's all these bumps on the road .
You don't feel anything .
It's kind of a waterbed like ride and here we go , here's this bump .
There's nothing in the interior that rattles , quivers Great horn .
This has the standard steering wheel .
The cruise control wheels had a rim blow horn that you pinch the rim and it would blow not on these of the standard setup and this is unique for 72 .
They added this fasten seat belt light that if I unbuckle my seat belt , the annoying buzzer is going to go up and I go and that light will light up .
So again , if you're looking for a super smooth cruiser , hard , hard to beat this , it's just wonderful .
Let me look at that , look at that seating .
I do wish I had the twin comfort lounge seats but can't go down to your Mercury dealer and order one anymore .
So you gotta live with what you can get .
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