Shifty Panther: 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis with Manual Swap

The Panther platform had a very long life, mostly underneath taxis, police cars and grandparental transport. These offered rear-wheel drive and periodically attracted enthusiasts off and on over the years, with the Mercury Marauder being the ultimate factory iteration. One thing all factory versions had in common, however, was an automatic transmission. That’s been corrected in this example!

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Hotbox? 1990 Mazda Bongo 4WD Van

Here was have a delightful JDM van with arguably the best collection of typical late 80s/early 90s factory decals ever applied! If you’ve never seen a Mazda Bong – er – Bongo, yet this seems familar, that could be because it was also sold as the Nissan Vannette (related to the fire-prone, US market C22 “Hibachi” van), the Ford Econovan and the Mitsubishi Delica.

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