Release the Kraken!: 80k-Mile 1969 Mercury Marauder X-100 429 Cobra Jet Hardtop Coupe

  • February 12, 2021
The Rundown
  • The Final Full-Size Performance Car from Mercury
  • Cool Styling w/ Power, Presence, & Luxury
  • 360 HP, 429ci Cobra Jet V8 Engine w/ Automatic Transmission
  • Excellent Colors & Original Interior
  • Low Production for ‘69-‘70
  • Build Sheet Included
Why We Like It

Described by respected author Richard M. Langworth as “Mercury’s last fling with full-size fire breathers,” the Marauder, and especially the menacing X-100 model, combined the pop-up headlamps and frontal treatment of the Marquis, with a unique and beautifully flowing, fastback-style “flying buttress” roofline, side vents, and black painted accents. Under the hood lurks the 429ci Cobra Jet high-performance V8 engine, belting out 360 factory-rated horsepower in concert with a C-6 automatic transmission – specific to the X-100. Produced only for 1969 and 1970, these full-size performers are amazing on the highway and are quite rare today.

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release-the-kraken-80k-mile-1969-mercury-marauder-x-100-429-cobra-jet01717 1Im59P9pjbRz 0CI0t2 1200x900This 1969 Mercury Marauder X-100 is 1 of just 5,635 produced for 1969. To this Zero260 contributor who recalls being captivated by one of these awesome cars back in the 1970s, it’s a wonderful find, finished in red and retaining the original interior in fairly nice condition. It looks great, notwithstanding its 80k seller-stated miles, and seems to be a high-quality, well-cared-for survivor in very nice overall condition, and it even comes with the original build sheet!

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Valuation Verdict

True to their bold model name, these potent full-size cars continue to exemplify Mercury’s upscale and unique approach to performance during the original American muscle car era. Quick, fast, luxurious, and reeking of upscale image and quality, the Marauder X-100 was one of the best “swan songs” of the era before the heavy governmental mandates and other demands of the 1970s came into effect. Cars like this would be awesome on a long cross-country drive to Vegas or Arizona, all on interstates and at speed. While only half as many of these cars were produced for 1970, Hagerty’s suggested valuations are the same for both years, ranging from $11,900 for a #4 driver, all the way up to $32,400 for an as-new #1 specimen. Our very nice subject car feels like a 3+ and a straight #3 car is estimated by Hagerty at $16,500. This cool offering from California delivers solid value at or near the seller’s affordable asking price, and it will certainly be well-bought.

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