Mercury’s 2003 Messenger Sports Coupe Concept up for Sale

Thanks to carscoop we have been informed that the 2003 Mercury Messenger concept will be a part of  the RM’s Sports & Classics of Monterey auction on August 12th.

The Mercury brand sooner or later is gonna be discontinued, however flipping a few pages back into their existence we highlight the two-seater sports coupe prototype. Way back in 2003 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the two-seater sports coupe prototype was supposed to showcase a new and more stylish design approach for the company. Some had also proposed that this prototype may revolutionize Mercury, sadly that never happened as the prototype did not take off into production mode.

Auctioneers at RM Auctions reckon that the Messenger can swell-up between US$75,000 and $100,000.

Here’s an excerpt from the Ford’s 2003 NAIAS press release:

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“At the North American International Auto Show, Mercury is a brand sending a message that modern design will lead its rejuvenation, beginning with its new Messenger concept coupe.

Mercury is returning to its roots as a design leader introducing the Messenger concept, a distinctive and energetic high-performance two-seat sports coupe.

The Messenger concept car represents the first expression of Mercury’s new design DNA with a clean, technical appearance that begins to establish the look of Mercury products still to come. Mercury will introduce four new products over the next four years including a minivan, a small sport utility and two cars.

“The body surface reflects the car’s power and grace, with flowing body lines that are accented with purposeful air intakes and outlets,” says Gerry McGovern, design director, Lincoln Mercury. “The dynamic fluidity of the Messenger’s lean and taut form is expressed at rest as much as it is in movement.”

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2003 Mercury Messenger Concept

Estimate: $75,000-$100,000 US

Rolling interior and exterior display model. No drivetrain. Wheelbase: 111.2″ – Sleek, stillborn sports coupe – A Mercury that might have been – Compact, efficient packaging

Mercury Messenger Technical Specifications

General

The Mercury Messenger is a high performance, two-seat sports car powered by a V-8 classically driving the rear wheels.

Engine/Drive train

Front engine, rear wheel drive.
All-aluminum 4.6-liter DOHC V-8
6-speed automatic sequential gearbox

Body and Chassis

Unique monocoque construction using a composite / aluminum hybrid ‘tub’ chassis with super-formed aluminum panels bonded to it. The result is a body with high torsional rigidity providing excellent ride and handling properties. Occupant protection is enhanced and noise/vibration/harshness (NVH) is reduced by this method of construction.

Wheels/Brakes/Suspension

Rear 18 spoke 20 x 10J cast alloy wheels with Goodyear 305/40R20 tires
Front 18 spoke 19 x 9J cast alloy wheels with Goodyear 275/40/R19 tires

High performance Brembo power assisted brakes, anti-lock brake system using Electronic Brake Force Distribution

Front – 355mm vented discs with 4 piston calipers

Rear – 355mm vented discs with 4 piston calipers

Computer active suspension adjusts ride height and dynamics to suit driving style, speed and road conditions with ‘intelligent’ traction control

Electronically actuated parking brake 

Steering

Power assisted variable ratio rack and pinion 

Dimensions

Length 4533mm / 178.5″

Width 1938mm / 76.3″

Height 1304mm / 51.3″

Wheelbase 2825mm / 111.2″

Front track 1662mm / 65.4″

Rear track 1650mm / 65″

Trunk volume 340 liters

Legroom 1084mm / 42.6″

Headroom 943mm / 38″ 

Safety and Security

Integral safety cell structure

Personal Safety System Global vehicle theft location system

Self-leveling high-intensity ‘projector’ headlamps

LED technology brake lights with faster response for additional safety

Automatically monitored and adjusted tire pressure sensing system 

Comfort and Convenience

Independent climate control for driver and passenger with pollen filtration

THX certified digital CD/Radio Hi-fi system.

Automatic volume control linked to vehicle speed Hands free telephone capability

Rain sensing windshield wipers

Automatically dimming interior rear view mirror

Powered and heated exterior rear view mirrors

Height and reach adjustable steering column

Low-E glass to reduce UV and heat build up

Stowage space behind seats with integral child seat fittings

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