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Mercury Monarch
Mercury Monarch

The Mercury Monarch was luxury class sedan which was produced from 1975 to 1980 by Ford of Canada. 

Mercury introduced the Monarch model in 1975, it was a twin to the Ford Granada. The difference was mainly in 1975, differing mainly in grilles, taillights fancier trim. 

It had two variants of body style: 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan. 

The car was equipped with one of the range of engines including: 3.3L (200 cid) I6 (1975-1977), 4.1L (250 cid) I6 (1975-1980), 5.0L (302 cid) V8 (1975-1980), 5.8L (351 cid) V8 (1975-1977) power units. With the last engine the can could accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h during only 12 sec. The maximum speed of Mercury Monarch was 170 km / h.

In combination with 3-Speed or 4-Speed Manual transmission or 3-Speed Automatic one, the engine could provide the power output of 85-144 horsepower. It was a rear wheel drive vehicle with the wheelbase of 109.9 inches. The car was 200.9 inches long, 74.5 inches wide and 51.1 inches high.  

The Mercury Grand Monarch Ghia was a luxury version of the automobile it was produced only in 1975 and 1976; it had disc brakes with a sophisticated central hydraulic power system as standard and air-contitioner. Also standard equipment included: leathered seats, handcrafted vinyl roof, luxury leathern steering wheel, deluxe sound and ride pack, central locking and the lighting for the legs. Optionally, it was offered the modification with radio-recorder, electric windows, cruise-control and air conditioner. 

The Monarch was sold in 1980 and the model was replaced with Fox-body Cougar in 1981.

The duet of Granada-Monarch became very successful on the market. After the first oil crisis, the American customers needed more compact and more economic cars. In the American press they were described as European inspirer. Thou, the price of Mercury Monarch was 70 $ more than the price of the identical Ford Granada. Nevertheless, Mercury Monarch was less popular than Granada.

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