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Okay, first off there’s the name. It was called the XR4TI. It wasn’t cool or catchy back then, and it certainly isn’t now. Just imagine having to say that to someone when they inevitably ask you what kind of a car it is. Then there’s the actual car itself. The Merkur was sold in the U.S. for 4 years straight, and believe it or not, this terrible car was based on the European-spec Ford Scorpio, a car which wasn’t that great to begin with. Its two-level wing was the only great thing about it, but after two years Ford decided to switch it to a normal, single wing, ruining the best thing about it. Shortly thereafter Ford decided to discontinue it, for reasons citing lack of sales. Needless to say, it didn’t come as a shock to anyone.
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