The Mercury Messenger concept car from 2003 was the first
expression of Mercury's new design language. With a clean,
technical appearance that was designed to establish the
look of future Mercury products.
"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."
The Messenger's exterior proportions are the direct result
of the dramatic vehicle architecture - clean and sculpted
with a tautness and agility that transcends the vehicle's
design and handling characteristics.
The long hood of the Messenger concept hides a 4.6-liter
V8 engine. The powerful stance and proportions of the
Messenger are enhanced by 20-inch wheels with 305mm wide
tires on the rear and 19-inch wheels with 275mm wide tires
on the front.
The spoke wheels have a turbine theme, with vanes that
reflect the appearance of the Mercury "flying M"
logo. The functional vanes also help direct a cooling
airflow over the vented brake disc and high performance
brake calipers, further communicating the Messenger's
high performance capabilities.
The Mercury Messenger concept went up for sale at RM's
Sports & Classics of Monterey auction on August 12th 2010.