By Vern Parker
Even though Ken and Shirley Wines were saddled with mortgage payments on a new house they had recently purchased the year before, the couple decided in 1971 to purchase a new car.
Wines had always favored Ford automobiles but his long-time friend Phil Keller convinced him to consider a Mercury. After a trip to the O'Brien-Rohal Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Arlington, Va., Wines and his wife were enthralled with the two-door Mercury Marquis Brougham model.
“I would have liked to have had side-marker lights and power door locks,” he says. But money was tight and the luxurious Mercury was well equipped with standard equipment.