Greenlight Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park
There was a time in the not-too-distant past that station wagons freely roamed the streets and littered suburban driveways all across the US. But those days are gone, and SUVs/Crossovers are poised to take over. But Greenlight has given us a model to remember those “good old days.” The model is the 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park. It’s part of their confusingly named Artisan line. I’ll leave word usage out of this discussion, but other models in the line are completely sealed, whereas the CP has opening front doors and tailgate. Those aforementioned features are all you get. No suspension, no steerable wheels, no anything else.
The model gets its main job just about right in that it looks like what it’s supposed to. The only issue is that I think the scaling of the front end is off. Either the headlight assembly needs to be larger or just placed higher. Greenlight uses this mold for the Ford Country Squire, and that model looks fine. The other gripe I have is the decal used to represent the fake wood paneling of the car. It looks the part, but is quite fragile. Just opening the doors has caused some of mine to chip away. Greenlight did provide a surprising amount of detail on the undercarriage. It’s nothing to write home about, but more than I expected. Of curious note, Greenlight shows the car having a leaf spring rear suspension. I’m no Ford expert, but it’s surprising as the competition at GM had long since moved to trailing arms and coil springs. The interior has a good level of detailing, but there is some obvious cost cutting. First, there is no carpet, which isn’t that big of a deal. Then, they used the same part for the front and rear seats. Sure a car like this would have probably had a bench seat, but it would have been a 60/40 or even a 50/50 split, and they would have had headrests in front. The worse offense though is the interior comes completely from the Ford. The dash has good detailing, but it’s wrong for this car. The doors show crank windows, and I can all but guarantee the upscale Mercury would have been power only.
Those gripes aside, I’m still pleased with what was a cheap model of a pretty niche subject. I paid about $55 for this last year. The model appears to be sold out now, but several versions of the Ford are still available. Given the accuracy issues noted above, that is probably the one to go with anyway.