Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend with yours truly… Let’s start out with what can only be called a true unicorn of the 80s, a Mercury LN7. This was a two-seat sport coupe based on the Ford Escort / Mercury Lynx platform and was also marketed at the Ford Dealers as the Escort EXP. Styling differences between the EXP and the LN7 were slight, but included different grills, different Alloy Wheels, and the LN7 Coupe received a curious bubbled rear hatch that the EXP didn’t get (at first). However, none of that matters because there were 28 cars (of both makes) that received a lobotomy… OK, maybe that was a bit strong, but the results speak for themselves…
And look, here is one of those topless creations now, offered on eBay none the less. The LN7 was rare in the first place, lasting only about a year and 1/2, with only 40,000 or so produced, and this particular one shows the extremely rare Michelin TRX tires and rim package (sized 165/70R365). According to the listing:
1982 Mercury LN7 custom convertible. This is 1 of 28 cars produced by Andy Hotten at his plant that was in St Thomas Ontario, down the street from the plant where these cars were assembled. They tried to sell EXP and LN7 convertibles through the Ford dealer network. They produced 28 cars and then stopped producing them. A white one was featured in the tv show Chips. This car is clean and runs well. It has power steering, power brakes, factory stereo, leather seats and TRX handling suspension.
One only has to study the images in the listing to see that this particular seller is a real Lincoln/Mercury fanatic, with a Fox Bodied early 80s Mercury Cougar in the garage, and a Lincoln MKX in the driveway, you can bet that this little LN7 has been well cared for. This is a no reserve auction, and with three days to go until the auction ends, the top bid so far is $5,100. I don’t know if it’s desirable, or just a curiosity, I just want to know what you think of it… See the listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”221401820695″ linktext=”1982 Mercury LN7 Convertible ” ]