Real Wheels: ‘Uncle Bob’s’ Mercury Marauder

SPENCERVILLE – Larry Seibert has owned his 1970 Mercury Marauder for 12 years now, but he and his nephew Dale Rex still refer to it as “Uncle Bob’s car.”

Uncle Bob is the late Bob Kolher, who kept detailed records of any service performed on the car, which has just 21,500 miles on it.

“The only thing Uncle Bob’s car had done to it was new tires, new batteries and new brakes,” said Rex.

Seibert, of Spencerville, noted, “I take it to parades and car shows, that’s about it.”

Mercury produced the Marauder from 1963 to ‘65 and 1969 to 1970. It made a brief comeback in 2003 for two years.

The 1970 Marauder was marketed as a full-size, luxury muscle car. It had the ability to summon scary power with a push of the right foot. But high-performance cars were on their way out in the ’70s. Uncle Bob’s car ended up being only one of 5,000 that rolled off the assembly line in St. Louis that year, far behind what Mercury had hoped.

The window-sticker price of his car was $4,779. Of that, $1,220 were special options. That included $421 for air-conditioning, $238.40 for a select-shift transmission, $115.30 for power steering, another $115.30 for a white vinyl roof, $71.30 for power front disc brakes, $63.50 for an AM Radio, $57.10 for the Marauder appearance group, $44.10 for shoulder belts, $15.60 for shoulder belts, $10.40 for a remote control left-hand mirror.

It included at no extra cost a 390 CID engine, concealed headlights, ventless side windows, and special Marauder taillamps.

“Never has any restoration work been needed on this car,” Seibert said. “It’s in great shape.”


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