1985 Mercury Colony Park LS Station Wagon
Although station wagons have largely been usurped by SUVs and
minivans in the new millennium, they have retained a loyal cult
following among a certain segment of consumers. Today, there are
dozens of station wagon fan clubs around the U.S., as well as
websites devoted to the vehicles. The American Station Wagon Owners
Association professes to be a club that "gives wagons of all kinds
the love they deserve." The association's site publishes personal
stories of people reflecting on their love affair with the station
wagon, as well as dates for events where station wagon owners
congregate to show off their vintage cars. This enduring following
has led many automotive makers to feel that the time is right to
mount a comeback for the station wagon.
For consignment, shades of National Lampoon's Vacation in the form
of a 1985 Mercury Colony Park LS. If you are tired of climbing into
your SUV, or you are over 45 and just have fond memories of the hot
summer trips with the family in the "wagon". We present the nirvana
of the wagon set. She's a woody, has been well maintained and cared
for, and is a hen's tooth from the 80s right at the end of the
station wagon's reign. Ripe for your pickin' this classic harkens
back to the ultimate family vehicle that has gone by the wayside,
but is considering, and attempting, a comeback. I would not stand
by the door to await one to show up anytime soon.
Square and rectangle design abounds on this land yacht. Chrome is
looking shiny and bright, a grille in front flanked by dual
headlights and a faux wood grain harkening back to the days of yore
when a station wagon actually picked up a group of people at the
train station. Silver paint shows a few minor areas of rust
bubbling, but they are sparse and not all that involved to the
point where they are taking over. The wood grain applique is nice,
flat, and smooth. It has a surrounding of thin chromed trimmings
with some more thin bands of faux wood grain in-between. The roof
rack is on and a swinging hinged rear door/gate allows all to pile
in at will. Large panes of panoramic glass are seen throughout and
nary a passenger, no matter where they are seated, will not miss
any large dinosaurs, or snow covered mountains, or great pains
while on the trip. Turbine style wheels are wrapped by thin white
walls on all 4 corners. A sticker on the rear glass confirms that
this car has visited "Wally World". We might have to charge extra
Seating 10 comfortably and maybe even more if they are kids, no one
will be left home alone. And when they get in, they will be
surrounded by all very nice looking yard upon yard of burgundy
leather. Up front, for the driver and passenger a large are couch
like overstuffed wide bucket seats with dual cushy armrests that
fold up and down, allow mom and pop to drive in comfort. The second
row features a bench also overstuffed, and also in burgundy tuck
and roll and uber comfy. In back you can unfold dual facing benches
for those extras, and friends that want to come along for the ride.
Or fold them down and have copious amounts of cargo space along
with the outside roof rack. Doors are also beautifully finished
with burgundy vinyl padding, and some wood grained accenting is
within their panels, along with power window toggles, power locks
and a side view mirror joystick. Beautifully preserved red
carpeting covers all floors, and the lower third of the doors. On
front, a wood grained dash with more square and rectangle design is
seen and is loaded with an aftermarket Kenwood digital AM/FM/CD and
a digital clock as well as climate sliders. A red headliner hangs
tightly above all this passenger/cargo space.
Under the long silver hood is a 5.0-liter V8 which is original to
this car. It is unrestored but well documented, maintained, and is
fed fossils through EFI. On the back is an AOD 4-speed automatic
transmission, which throws power way rearward to a Ford 8.8-inch
3.08 rear axle.
Underneath we can see plenty of black paint and no rust for this
environment, save for front suspension and driveshaft that present
with surface rust, all unremarkable. Independent coil springs are
up front, and in back is a 4 link with coil springs suspension.
Power disc brakes are reserved for the front, and power drums for
the rear. A stock exhaust is on and shows no rust or holes so go
ahead get 'er inspected!
My cohort and myself decided to do a road trip to the local fast
food venue, so we packed up all our gear, and commenced our
journey. Here we experienced good solid acceleration, bias free
braking, and smooth shifting. We were not going to break any
performance records, however we turned heads, and received lots of
thumbs ups! We experienced the tailgate window not working unless
it was manually put down with a key to the rear gate lock,
otherwise all worked well, and even the air blows cold as it has
been converted to R-134.
Who needs an SUV when you can tool around the country in this
classic that is no longer oft seen. Plenty of room for people or
cargo, or both, and a smooth ride that will hopefully put them all
to sleep. A very nice example taking up lots of real estate right
here at Classic Auto Mall.
P94-Colony Park Station Wagon
F-302ci V8 EFI
X-St. Thomas, Ontario Assy Plant
697219-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.