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26 July 2014

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Lot 130

1964 Mercury Park Lane Convertible Coupe

  • Chassis no. 4Z65Z513651

Sold for $52,250


300 bhp, 390 cu in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed Multi-Drive Merc-O-Matic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front-disc, rear-drum power hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 120 in.

  • Painstaking mechanical and cosmetic restoration
  • Stunning anniversary color
  • Strong runner for reliable touring


The Mercury was conceived by Edsel Ford in 1939 to fill the market gap between Ford and Lincoln. Over the years, the marque’s image has gone from a premium Ford to a baby Lincoln. In the 1960s, however, Mercury staked out a persona of its own, which had models in three sizes that were priced from barely $2,000 to more than $3,500. At the top of the line was the Park Lane, with premium trim, a fastback hardtop model called “Marauder,” and powertrain options of up to 425 brake horsepower.

This stunning Mercury Park Lane was purchased by the current owner in 2006 and was subjected to a partial but thorough restoration over the following 18 months. It was originally a California car, but it came to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, from Los Angeles in the early 1980s. There, it was kept in dry storage until the restoration began.

Although the body was not removed from the frame, it was fully disassembled and consigned to a professional body shop with no expense spared. The G&L Collision Centre in Victoria, B.C., stripped, resurfaced, and painted all the panels in Anniversary Silver, a color that celebrated Mercury’s 25th year on the market. All of the chrome and stainless trim was re-done by Victoria plating, and new glass and rubber moldings were installed. A rebuilt power seat assembly was fitted, and the power window mechanisms were all restored. The interior was replaced with white vinyl by Cybec Upholstery. Additional accessories on the car include air conditioning, which was rare for convertibles in 1964; dual mirror spotlights; and a modern CD stereo hidden in the glove box, with its original radio still in place.

The engine was rebuilt by Cords Alpine Machine in Langford, B.C., and it has been up-rated with dual 500 CFM Edelbrock carburetors and Ford cast-iron “shorty” headers. The transmission, differential, and power steering were rebuilt, and the front brakes were converted to discs, along with a larger master cylinder and power booster, for greater safety. The power steering was rebuilt, and a larger sway bar was installed to improve handling. The chrome wire wheels use roadster rims with Dennis Carpenter centers, and new radial tires were mounted at the time of restoration. A matching spare is housed in the luggage compartment.

The car also features a new convertible top in blue Haartz cloth with a factory glass rear window and a matching boot cover. The power top mechanism, including the pump, rams, and hoses, is all new.

This Park Lane is a strong runner and a favorite of the owner’s for highway touring. It has been driven several thousand flawless miles and has covered long distances to many old car events. This stunning Mercury, one of 1,967 Park Lane Convertibles built for 1964, amply commands the respect that Mercury deserves.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more