For exterior paint, the boys turned to one of Roger's neighbors who owns Thunder Valley Customs, a shop well known for its custom creations (and as we can personally attest, did an outstanding refinishing job-no easy chore on anything this long and this black). Speaking of black, Ed's car was built without the X-100's usual matte-black Tunnel Roof and trunk lid paint. It seems about half the X-100s were built with this two-tone scheme deleted. Meanwhile, the interior was complete and original, needing only a thorough cleaning, replacement of the carpet, and refurbishing of the center console.
And so, we are thus able to bring you images of the finest '69 X-100 Marauder we've ever seen. By the way, Marauder production was ceased after selling in even lower volume for 1970. So be prepared to have patience should you go searching for one of your own.
'69 Mercury MarauderX-100
Owner: Ed Zukusky • Bradenton, FL
EngineN-code 429 4V, stock except for chrome360 hp at 4,600 rpm480 lb-ft at 2,800 rpm
ExhaustStock replacement, with bright tips
Front: Stock disc
Rear: Stock drum
Front: Kelsey-Hayes, 15x6
Rear: Kelsey-Hayes, 15x6
Front: Goodyear Enterprise, P235/75R15
Rear: Goodyear Enterprise, P235/75R15
Stock, except for column-mounted aftermarket gauges
Refinished in stock black paint by Thunder Valley Customs