Mercury was a mid-level Ford Motor Company brand that was founded in 1938. Mercury cars were priced somewhat higher than Fords, but came in below Lincolns. (Lincoln and Mercury, however, were usually sold side by side at car dealerships.) So, Mercury pictures go way back, giving visual cues to some important times in American automobile history.
The Mercury photos might evoke a bit of nostalgia – even though Mercury’s been shuttered for a few years, there are still plenty of the cars out there. And, you’ll notice as you’re going through the gallery of Mercury images, that a lot of the models look just like Fords. That’s because they are. Many, many Mercury cars sold were just nicer and slightly more expensive versions of current Ford models. Some were totally indistinguishable from a distance. But if you’re a Ford enthusiast, you might be able to spot some differences in the photos.
Ford Motor Company made the decision to shit down the Mercury brand in 2010, as an effort to weather the American financial meltdown that caused especially hard times in the automotive industry. Mercury models at the time of the decision included the Mariner sport utility vehicle, the Mountaineer sport utility vehicle, the Milan sedan, and the Sable sedan. The Grand Marquis, a longtime element of stability in the Mercury lineup, will be well represented amongst Mercury pictures. It was the last model to be built, with the very last Grand Marquis rolling off the production line in early January of 2011.