If a car's appeal is measured by its story, then this '60s Marauder is one of the most interesting vehicles we've ever come across. The car's owner, Steve Dauria, tells its tale in this latest video.
Dauria bought this 1964 Mercury Marauder as a shell for $1500 on eBay, and sourced the 427 cubic-inch Ford V8 from a boat, of all things. Before he even put the car together, Dauria discovered the car was stolen when he went to register it at the DMV. The responding officer decided that because there was no one to give the car back to, he could keep it. Luck wouldn't be on Dauria's side for long, though.
With the help of trusted shops and close friends, Dauria eventually got the car together, but couldn't stop it from overheating. Even after tearing down the engine, he couldn't find the issue. He decided to install a 502 cubic-inch motor making 602 horsepower, only to have that engine start overheating as well. It turns out the problem wasn't the engine—it was the water pump being under-driven. Everything's a learning experience, right?