10. Mercury Marauder
In the 1960s, Mercury produced the first Marauder, a high performance version of the Galaxie. Flash forward 40 years, and the Marauder’s 3rd iteration -- built from the sister car of the Crown Victoria, a.k.a. the prototypical cop car -- instantly became one of the all time great sleeper cars. Mercury’s engineers went shopping in Ford’s parts bin, using the 300 hp V8 from a Mustang Mach 1, along with some mechanical goodies from the police interceptor package, and wound up with a sleek package that was more than ready for the challenge when the light turned green.
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Aaron Miller is the Cars editor for Thrillist, and can be found on Twitter. He has his next sleeper planned out in his mind already.