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 to … » 7/27/08 9:30am 7/27/08 9:30am

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

1987 Merkur XR4Ti

Does a 20-year-old car qualify for this series? In the case of the Merkur XR4Ti, I think it does- these things were pretty rare to begin with, and time has not been kind to the few that Ford did manage to sell. Sure, it was actually an Americanized Ford Sierra- common as hell in Europe at the time- but there were… » 11/09/07 9:00am 11/09/07 9:00am

Look Out, BMW, Saab, And Audi! Merkur Is Here To Eat Your Lunch!

The XR4Ti roared out of Lincoln-Mercury-Merkur dealerships, ready to do battle with the best European sporty sedans! Unfortunately for FoMoCo, the number of roaring Merkurs on the battlefield was tiny and they were never heard from again. Bonus points for incredible 80s-ness on this ad's soundtrack!

» 6/26/07 3:30pm 6/26/07 3:30pm

IMSA Merkurs! Yes!

Back when Ford was preparing to launch Merkur, they decided it might raise a bit of brand awareness to campaign the XR4Ti in IMSA's GTU class. With a slight dip in displacement over the car's Pinto-based 2.3 mill, the cars, prepared and campaigned by Kent Racing. A bit later, FoMoCo shifted the XR4Ti's mission to… » 2/21/07 4:00pm 2/21/07 4:00pm