Owning A Merkur For A Year Was Not A Disappointment

So I have now officially owned my 1986 Merkur XR4Ti for an entire year. In this year, I learned how to drive stick, taught myself how to heel-toe rev-match, completed several successful journeys, and was only stranded once. Lets start by talking about some of the work that has gone into the car. » 12/27/14 4:17pm 12/27/14 4:17pm

2015 Mustang EcoBoost VS. Merkur XR4Ti

Being the owner of a Merkur XR4Ti and the son of another XR owner, we were both very excited when we heard Ford was reviving the 2.3 Turbo engine in the Mustang. The Mustang hasn't been powered by a 2.3 Turbo since the SVO which ended production in 1986 and featured the same engine that was slotted into a Sierra… » 10/31/14 8:09pm 10/31/14 8:09pm

These Were Your Car Options In Hungary During The Soviet Era

Here's the official Hungarian car catalogue from 1974 issued by the state-owned Merkur Company, your one and only choice. If anything, it proves that when the Russians take over your country, you're screwed. » 3/17/14 5:30pm 3/17/14 5:30pm

I Bought Matt Hardigree's Top Gear Merkur XR4Ti

I'm 16 years old and I bought a notoriously unreliable car sight unseen that is 4 states away in the middle of December in Northern Indiana. But bear with me here because I'm not quite as crazy as I may seem. » 1/27/14 7:20pm 1/27/14 7:20pm

A Morass of Mid-Atlantic Merkurs

Alluring (asinine) alliteration aside, allow me to set the scene for a rare sighting. You are a Boy Scout in a suburb of the nation’s capital. As a Troop, on this fine Saturday morning, you are out delivering mulch, the lifeblood of a fundraising operation. On your fourth trailer load of the day, your back is… » 3/17/13 6:57pm 3/17/13 6:57pm

For $6,000 Scope Out A Scorpio

Being a dead sub-brand of an also dead brand is a daunting stigma to overcome. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Merkur Scorpio has risen from the grave, but will its price make it dead to you? » 1/08/13 8:00am 1/08/13 8:00am

The Sometimes Fail-Tacular History Of Captive Import Cars In America…

Have you ever noticed that the term "import car" doesn't get tossed around like it used to? In these days of Toyotas from California, Volkswagens from Tennessee and Chevrolets from Canada, it's becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between a "foreign" and a "domestic" car. » 10/27/12 1:00pm 10/27/12 1:00pm

Watch A Merkur Chicken Race Ghostly BMWs, Saabs and Audis

Ah, the Merkur. There aren't many better examples of how poor marketing can kill a decent car. If you're a frequent visitor to Jalopnik, you know this story. But if you're a regular human being capable of healthy relationships with other people, allow me to explain. » 8/26/12 5:00pm 8/26/12 5:00pm

What Is Top Gear USA Doing With A Merkur, An Allante, And An SVX?

An eagle-eyed reader in San Diego spotted a Merkur XR4Ti, Cadillac Allante, and Subaru SVX all parked with a film crew in front of his office building. The man in plaid clearly gave them away as Top Gear USA, but what's going on here? » 6/18/12 5:30pm 6/18/12 5:30pm

1989 Merkur XR4Ti

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Yes, I'm back in California this weekend, so it's time for an Alameda flashback! » 8/07/10 9:00am 8/07/10 9:00am

Merkur XR4Ti Reliability Problem Solved: Turbo Ford 351W V8!

The Türbö Schnitzel XR4Ti has competed in several LeMons events here in South Carolina, with predictable results each time: KABOOM! Obviously, an XR4Ti must have a turbocharged Ford engine, but there's no law that says it can't be a V8! » 5/22/10 8:00am 5/22/10 8:00am

Rebel With A Cosworth for $25,000

William Randolph Hearst created his San Simeon castle by importing the best of Europe's ancient architecture and having Julia Morgan find ways to incorporate it. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has a Ford Sierra that would make Hearst proud. » 4/05/10 8:00am 4/05/10 8:00am

1988 Merkur XR4Ti for a Euro-Trashy $5,775!

Historically X marks the spot, however Ford seemed to miss the target with their mid-eighties imports. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe wants to know if time has improved the perception of their aim. » 9/02/09 7:30am 9/02/09 7:30am

Ten Great Cars No One Ever Bought

Bad timing, bad marketing and bad pricing have all killed a number of great cars. With a little help we've identified these ten great cars that sold like complete crap. » 8/10/09 12:00pm 8/10/09 12:00pm

The Top 94 Lemons Of The 24 Hours Of LeMons South Spring 2009

After every 24 Hours Of LeMons race, we put together this list of the top finishers for you. And when we say "top," we mean "every single car that managed to get onto the track." » 4/11/09 8:00am 4/11/09 8:00am

The 24 Hours Of LeMons Texas Gator-O-Rama Über Gallery: The Europeans

As always, there was no shortage of BMW E30s at the last LeMons race, but we also saw representatives of British Leyland, German subsidiaries of the Detroit Big Three, and a whole squadron of Saabs. » 3/22/09 9:00pm 3/22/09 9:00pm

Bustin' Parts At The 24 Hours Of LeMons South

They're back on the track for Day Two of racin' at the 24 Hours of LeMons South, and lust for the checkered flag has turned all these formerly polite Southern boys into a bunch of PCP-overdosed Junior Johnsons, with dramatic spinouts galore (yes, we'll have some action shots in a little while). A contributing factor… » 7/27/08 9:30am 7/27/08 9:30am

Which Dead US Automotive Nameplates Should Remain Buried?

Seems the boss-man has been moonlighting again over at Popular Mechanics, this time advising Detroit about which of its dead nameplates should remain six feet under. We won't give away Ray's picks; you'll have to head over to PopMech for those, but we've tossed our own version together after the jump. » 7/24/08 6:00pm 7/24/08 6:00pm

Project Car Hell: Lancia Scorpion or Merkur XR4Ti?

The blowout Choose Your Eternity polls are fun, but we really enjoy the nail-bitingly close races... which is what we got yesterday, with the Roots-blown Old Beetle just barely beating the Pro Street Peugeot in a 175-165 vote split. Does that mean a German car just upset Project Car Hell GigaTeraPower France, or does… » 6/05/08 5:20pm 6/05/08 5:20pm

The Ford Sierra XR4 Is Angry... Very Angry!

We knew the double-winged turbocharged Ford Sierra as the Merkur XR4ti on these shores, and the TV ads for the car weren't all that interesting. But this Spanish-language ad really shows how mean the car really was. It growls! Slinky babes can't resist a man in an XR4- this ad is the proof! » 12/27/07 1:30pm 12/27/07 1:30pm