As I've seen these trucks pop up up here and there on ebay and other sites, I thought it was only fair to get some info posted to make it easier to pick out the more obvious clones before the long green gets laid out.
Up until 1965, the Mercurys had a special code in the serial number but from 66-68 that was no longer the case. The production totals for the Mercs and the Fords were no longer separated, either.
Prior to the Auto Pact, all production was based in Oakville. After the signing, production was apparently split between Oakville (C) and San Jose (R). A significant number of '66-'68 western Canadian Mercurys were actually built in California.
As the main retailer of these trucks was the Lincoln/Mercury dealer network, the most common DSO code on the Mercs ran from A1-A7, the sales districts across Canada. Not every locality was big enough to support both a Ford and an L/M dealer though, so some of these trucks were ordered through Ford dealers -DSO codes B1-7. I own one of each but the B code trucks are definitely in the minority.
It's been said that the last Mercury was built on Mar 23, 1968. This is based on the story of a salesman in northern Ontario telling a customer he had the last one. The owner of this truck sent me a note explaining his story and his conversation with a source at Ford. The source's help was well meaning but inaccurate as it showed he had not done any research on how the serial numbers actually decoded for these trucks. I had a similar experience with a source at Ford as well that unfortunately showed little experience in the subject matter. I have now seen a few trucks with later serial numbers that pass muster as originals, not 'rebadges' after a careful inspection of paint match and trim mountings. These trucks show numbers all the way up to the D17000 range, built into April of '68. I'd sure like to hear from anyone with trucks in this serial number range and possibly someone at Ford that might have further info on these trucks and possibly a memo or better proof of the production ending date.
I welcome feedback as I'm not claiming this to be the last word on these trucks, but just what I've learned through my own sleuthing...
Last edited by mk
on Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:53 pm, edited 8 times in total.