Ford introduced a recently rounded Crown Victoria connected the late-1970s-vintage Panther platform for the 1992 exemplary year, and the Mercury Division was close there—as it truthful often was, from the precise opening successful 1939—with a Mercurized version. The 1992-1997 Grand Marquis has go a rarity successful the large self-service car graveyards I frequent, truthful I decided that this worn-out '93 deserved to beryllium documented for this series.
As was the lawsuit with astir 1939-2011 Mercury models (with the notable exceptions of the 1991-1994 Capri and the 1999-2002 Cougar), the Grand Marquis ne'er differed overmuch from its Ford-badged siblings.
The Grand Marquis sanction began beingness successful the 1974 exemplary year, arsenic an interior trim bundle connected the Marquis Brougham, itself based connected the Ford LTD. For 1975 done 1978, the still-LTD-based Grand Marquis was a luxurious trim level for the marquis Marquis, and past the archetypal existent Grand Marquis debuted for 1979 and stayed successful accumulation done 1991.
Of course, the 1992-2011 Grand Marquis volition ever beryllium known arsenic the "Grandma Keith" to galore of us, acknowledgment to a hilarious speech-to-text glitch. This 1 is an upscale LS, but don't get excessively excited astir that—there were conscionable the GS and LS trim levels for 1993, and they weren't overmuch different. The LS got powerfulness seats and immoderate nicer cloth inside, and that was astir it.
The MSRP connected the 1993 Grandma Keith LS was $22,609, portion the GS outgo $22,092 (that's astir $47,060 and $45,980 successful 2022 dollars). If you didn't caput Mercury owners glaring down their snoots astatine you for redeeming a buck, the $20,493 ($42,655 now) Ford Crown Victoria was much oregon little the aforesaid car.
Nobody knew it astatine the time, but the then-newish Modular 4.6 engine would crook retired to beryllium 1 of Ford's astir reliable engines of the era. This 1 was rated astatine either 190 oregon 210 horsepower, depending connected whether the car had the optional dual exhaust (which appears to person been buried successful a many-item enactment package).
The aluminum wheels added $440 to the outgo ($915 today).
This car appears to person backed into a rod astatine a beauteous bully clip, oregon possibly it spun retired first.
The driver's-side beforehand model was plastered with "Move This Car Or Else" reddish tags from Greeley, Colorado (about 30 miles to the northbound of this yard). Eventually, the tow trucks arrived.
This sticker is simply a spot redundant connected a Grandma Keith.
This car appears to person the $543 "Electronic Group" enactment bundle ($1,130 successful 2022 bucks), which included a integer instrumentality clump and automatic HVAC somesthesia control.
All 1993 Crown Victorias and Grand Marquis came with aerial conditioning arsenic modular equipment. A decennary earlier, specified would not person been the case.
The Securicode combination-lock diagnostic goes way back for Ford products, each the mode to the aboriginal 1980s.
The archetypal owner's manual was with it to the precise end.
As you'd expect, advertizing for the Grandma Keith emphasized a agelong database of modular features. In hindsight, we tin accidental that these were beauteous bully cars for the money.
This commercialized for the '97 Grandma isn't the accustomed thing.
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