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Thanksgiving Weekend – A 1963 Mercury Colony Park Wagon on eBay

Jim Brennan November 24, 2012 For Sale, Weekend Edition 18 Comments

Thanksgiving Weekend seems to always be bookmarked by two of the most heavily traveled days of the year. The Wednesday before Turkey Day seems to have the most travelers on the rails, in the air, and yes, on the roads than any other day of the year. The only other day that comes close is the Sunday following both the Holiday, and what is referred to as “Black Friday” signaling the start to the Christmas shopping season. If you belonged to a family who has relatives that were withing driving distances, generally you were shuttled in a family type conveyance (Wagon, Minivan, SUV) depending on the time frame. If you were born in the 50s, that conveyance was a Station Wagon like this Mercury Colony Park.

According to the listing on eBay:

1963 Mercury Monterey Colony Park Station Wagon. Very rare car. It has a 390 V8 and automatic transmission with 66,000 miles believed to be accurate. Power Brakes, Power Steering, Power Windows and Power Front Seat. Car runs and drives great with new tires, new exhaust system, new paint and refreshed interior. Car is ready to hit the road now and enjoy.

Mercuries of the early 60s were restrained and well styled. There is a hint of a tailfin at the rear, along with a smaller version of the concave grill you see out front. This is the type of visual detail that has long since past, yet refreshing to see today. Personally, I would get rid of the 5-spoke rims, but they are suited with the California Retro vibe of this car (even though the car is in the heart of Dixie!). Top bid so far is $9,100, with an unmet reserve. See the listing here: 1963 Mercury Monterey Colony Park, and tell me what you think.

  • racer139

    Was that roof rack a factory installed , dealer or after market piece? Either way id get rid of that and the wheels. Other than that maybe a gear vendors over drive and it would be my summer cruze liner. love it. Oh and for wheels either factory steelys with caps of a new style torque thrust in 16" diameter. so sweet.

  • $kaycog

    I'm not crazy about those wheels, but I'm crazy about a Mercury.

    There was a '63 Mercury Colony Park SW in the 2005 movie, The World's Fastest Indian, with Anthony Hopkins.


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    • Dean Bigglesworth

      The instant i read "crazy about a Mercury" I had this playing in my head with no idea about what the song is called.. And just for shits and giggles, here's a Finlandistanian version from 1989.
      [youtube hHrUJsqZlEE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHrUJsqZlEE youtube]

      • $kaycog

        Not bad, but nobody sings it like that tall drink of water, Alan Jackson. I loved his Ford truck commercial.
        [youtube p2yXWFgxES4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2yXWFgxES4 youtube]

        • Dean Bigglesworth

          I couldn't decide which version to post so i went with Finnish. Altered lyrics for commercial reminded me of this "little GTI" version of "little GTO"

          [youtube 3zcm4oS9IaM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zcm4oS9IaM youtube]

          • $kaycog

            That's really clever. I love it!

            • dukeisduke

              I'm old enough to remember when the "Little GTI" ad originally aired.

          • I LOVED that commercial! Sometimes the ad is better than the content, and this is a perfect example. Good call.

  • Uncle Charlie

    Sweet ride.
    Re. The interior: does anyone know what's inside the dash panel that appears to want to pop up from the middle? What's that miniature fire extinguisher with a wood top looking thing that appears to be attached to a metal arm sticking out from under the dash? Finally, could that be an original radio?

    • chrystlubitshi

      my guess about the "miniature fire extinguisher with a wood top looking thing that appears to be attached to a metal arm sticking out from under the dash" was an aftermarket liquid-filled compass with very yellowed plastic top.

      sound right to anyone else?

      • dukeisduke

        Yeah, that's one of those notoriously flaky compasses.. They're okay when the car is moving down the road straight, but fairly useless when you hit a bum, or go around a corner.

        • stigshift

          I never hit bums when cornering.

  • danielfilmmaking

    yea, what he said. It's a compass. remember a few of those bobbing along with the ride. Kind of gave you the four quadrants. You were several miles past the corner before it decided to settle down and tell you the direction you were going.

  • Joe Dunlap

    Not exactly sure about the pop-up lid on top of the dash, but looking at some google pics of other cars it appears to be a lid over the radio speaker. Saw one pic that had two drinking glasses propping it up and there was definitely a fine mesh screen under it. Unusual for sure. I remember it being common for most cars of that era to have their one pathetic speaker in that location, but never saw one with a lid over it.

    • dukeisduke

      It looks to me like someone couldn't get the speaker grille back on right.

  • dukeisduke

    The wheels on it at least look period correct.

  • stigshift

    This car was a great survivor that was not in need of new paint, sadly. This comes to me from the guy who sold it to the seller.

  • PaulE

    I grew up riding in one of these wagons (blue/blue interior with the woodgrain, no power windows); it was sent to the crusher in the early '80s. Yes, that's the original radio in this one, and it looks like the speaker grille was popped up/out in this one. If it's a respray, it's a shame, as this is the only one I've seen ever, aside from the one my family had. Huge barge, sucked gas like no tomorrow…