1965 Mercury Park Lane

The Park Lane series of 1964-1968 was the full-size flagship of Mercury's model line-up. They had crisp and classy styling characterized by the rear wheel skirts. For 1965, they had rectangular rear fender nameplates, a band of molding located above the rocker panels, and chrome gravel shields. The Park Lane had three bodystyles to select from, including the 'Marauder' hardtop available in two guises - in two and four doors. The other bodies included a convertible and the 'Breezeway' sedan, with its novel (and fully retractable) reverse-raked rear window.

The Park Lane had a 123-inch wheelbase platform. They had a perimeter frame which replaced the previous coil/leaf springs suspension setup with coils acting at all four corners. Power was from a 390 cubic-inch big-block V8 offering 300 horsepower, thanks in-part to a higher 10:1 compression ratio and four barrel carburetor. A three-speed manual transmission was standard. A few examples were made with a four-speed manual box but most customers selected the smooth-shifting Merc-O-Matic automatic. Brakes were hydraulic drums, with power-assist optional.

Features unique to the Park Lane series included a trip odometer, an automatic parking brake release (on automatic transmission models), courtesy lamps, and an illuminated Mercury emblem in the padded dash. Popular options included the sports package, with bucket seats, tacho and a center console, along with air conditioning, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, tilt-away steering wheel and cruise control.

The Mercury lineup appealed to aspirational middle class buyers and was positioned between Ford and Lincoln products. The 1965 Mercury's appearance was closely aligned to the bigger Lincolns.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2016

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The Mercury Park Lane was produced from 1958 to 1960 and from 1964 to 1968. It was a full-size automobile that was intended to compete with Buicks Roadmaster. It was available as a hardtop sedan, hardtop coupe, and a convertible. For its introductory year, less than 9,000 examples were produced, with the convertible remaining the rarest with only 853 units produced. The convertible, just like the....
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Mercury, a division of Ford Motor Company, had always been intended to fill the slot between Ford and Lincoln. But being the middle-child isnt always very easy. Mercurys Park Lane was meant to fill a gap as well, but seemed to never truly find its place. The Park Lane, specifically, couldnt be figured out. Either it was a higher-priced Ford, or, a less-expensive Lincoln. Mercury introduced....
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1965 Park Lane
$3,530-$24,400
1965 Mercury Park Lane Price Range: $3,300 - $3,530

$2,110 - $2,700
$2,710 - $3,165

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Mercury
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)324,716
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)398,262
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)360,467
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)354,923
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)343,149
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)346,751
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)298,609
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)301,581
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)341,366
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)317,351
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)271,331

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