Sports & Classics of Monterey

12 - 14 August 2010

THU

Lot 131

2003 Mercury Messenger Concept

To be auctioned on Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sold for $52,250



Rolling interior and exterior display model. No drivetrain. Wheelbase: 111.2"

- Sleek, stillborn sports coupe
- A Mercury that might have been
- Compact, efficient packaging

“Mercury is a brand sending a message that modern design will lead its rejuvenation,” the company boasted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in 2003. “Mercury is returning to its roots as a design leader introducing the Messenger concept, a distinctive and energetic high-performance two-seat sports coupe.” Indeed, invoking the image of its namesake, the Roman god of speed and agility and messenger of the heavens, Mercury mavens rolled out a sleek front-engine, rear-drive concept coupe with “new design DNA.”

The energetic stance and supple appearance are enhanced by 20-inch wheels with 305-mm wide tires on the rear and 19-inch wheels with 275-mm wide tires on the front. The spoke wheels have a turbine theme, with vanes reflecting the Mercury "flying M" logo. The functional vanes help direct airflow over the brakes. Large, beautifully-sculpted front air scoops and outlets at the front and rear of the vehicle provide a purposeful and powerful look.

The compact and efficient exterior package provides a cockpit-like driving environment, with seats mounted laterally to the tunnel and rocker panel to further strengthen the lightweight aluminum hydro-formed monocoque, while forming part of the integral occupant safety cell. The central console incorporates a centrally mounted chronograph. The clock, like all key elements, is in close proximity to the driver to allow split-second comprehension and reaction during high-performance driving.

Projected specifications for this car included a 302-bhp DOHC version of Ford’s 4.6-liter modular V8 engine, hooked to a six-speed sequential automatic transmission, computer active independent suspension and four-wheel power anti-lock brakes with Brembo discs and high-performance calipers. This car is a rolling interior and exterior display model, without a drivetrain, and is therefore offered on a bill of sale only.

Offered by the Ford Motor Company. Sale proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Children’s Center. More information is available here.

Addendum

Please note this car is sold on a "Bill of Sale" only.

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

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United Kingdom

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United Kingdom

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Ontario, Canada

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California, USA

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