Roaming is exactly what Kirk Dillary was doing that day when an acquaintance of his had mentioned the old Marauder S-55,with a 427, on a used car lot in Hawaii. Raiding or even plundering may be thought of when Kirk actually found out it was a 406, triple carbed Mercury and bought it out from under the acquaintance of his. But as Kirk says, he really didn’t want the car to go to waste. Being a Ford enthusiast, he knew that this car was unique and worth saving.
Kirk paid an incredible $325 for this Marauder while he was stationed in Hawaii during his tour of duty with the military. Shipping it back to the mainland when he was discharged was easy, thanks to good ole Uncle Sam. Getting it home to Michigan from California wasn’t as simple. Kirk drove this one of a kind muscle car back to Michigan with two cases of oil, and one case of transmission fluid, intermittently poured into the tranny by an in-car funnel and tube he rigged to make the journey. Despite the leaky transmission, two tickets and a smoke screen left over half the United States, Kirk brought this rare Marauder back to his home and restored it to its once great beauty.
Now you would think that Kirk would have been satisfied with having the earliest known existing Marauder in his garage, but with the introduction of the new 2003 marauder, Kirk set his sites on a new prize for the other bay of his two car garage. The first 2003! It took a bit of talking but Kirk did manage to get the “FIRST” 2003 Marauder available to the retail public. It is actually the second or third one produced overall. The first went to Bob Tasca and Kirk is looking into which one he received. But it is clearly the first 2003 Marauder available to the public, which is just what Kirk needed to complete the collection. The definition is probably more fitting for Kirk than the cars. After all his time and effort in seeking out the plunder of the two first Marauders, he is definitely the man to go with the name. MCM
The actual value of this Marauder is unknown. One could speculate, but due to the low occurrence of sales on the 427 Marauders and the even more rare 406, a price range hasn’t been established.
A lot of the information that is available on the Marauders history is due to Kirk. He has gone through a lot of old information to compile the stats and production numbers of the old Marauder. Kirk also started the Marauder registry to try and locate more of these rare performance cars, and to try and determine how many still exist. Digging up old information on these cars isn’t easy, but Kirk has a “Driving Force” that keeps him into the Marauder hobby. He owns the only 1963 ½ Marauder S-55 still known to exist that came with the 406 CID, triple two-barrel engine. It is also the earliest known Marauder with a build date of January 12th, 1963.
Mercury wedged a 4.6-liter engine in its new Marauder with a whopping 300-horse power engine. Along with its 318 lb/ft of torque and 4-speed transmission with overdrive, despite it only being produced for 2 years (2003 thru 2004) it is clearly a car worthy of the name Marauder.