Hooniverse Weekend Edition: The 2003 Mercury Messenger Concept offered at RM Auctions Monterey

As Mercury rolls to a halt this summer, could this concept have saved Mercury from its fate joining Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer, Oldsmobile, AMC,… and so many other automotive marques? Automotive Traveler’s Rich Truesdell ponders this question while RM Auctions offers this and many other Ford Concepts at their auction set to take place in Monterey August 12th through the 14th. Read more after the jump….

Author and columnist Rich Truesdell remarks about this particular concept this way:

In the dark room that is Detroit’s Cobo Hall, I sat among 6,000 other journalists watching the Mercury Messenger roll onto the stage as part of Ford’s 2003 North American International Auto Show press conference. My first thought was, “Damn, this light-blue, two-door coupe was exactly the kind of car Mercury was crying for to help distinguish itself from the Fords that all its models were cloned from.” In its proportions, I thought it bore more than a passing resemblance to another Ford concept: 1963’s Ford Cougar II.

Read the rest of the article at Automotive Traveler. If you want to take a look at the other Ford Motor Company concepts offered by RM Auctions, follow this link!

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  1. SeanKHotay Avatar

    Ford and especially GM (I'd be nearly *half*, Eddie) seems to be unloading their car collections.
    Despite its infamousity (/Shakespeare) and my troubles with it, I still kinda wish I could grab my car back from GM's Heritage Collection.

  2. Syrax Avatar

    I'm not the only one getting an Aston Martin-ish vibe in that concept, am I?

  3. smokyburnout Avatar

    They're selling the Navicross?
    <img src="http://www.rmauctions.com/images/cars/MO10/MO10_r317_01.jpg"&gt;
    And the '02 Continental?
    <img src="http://www.rmauctions.com/images/cars/MO10/MO10_r323_04.jpg&quot; />
    And the Mustang GT-R, which runs?!
    <img src="http://www.rmauctions.com/images/cars/MO10/MO10_r330_01.jpg&quot; />

  4. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    The Messenger would have done so much better as a concept if it was painted a more dramatic colour than Sky Blue Metallic.
    Look how hard they tried to reinterpret those '69 XR-7 Concealed Headlights

  5. zaddikim Avatar

    Who else sees the Messenger as having Lancia Stratos DNA?

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