I never had an urge to buy a Merkur either. I couldn't have afforded one if I had wanted to. A guy I know that was doing well (at the time) in the real estate business bought one. It stayed at the Ford dealership's garage more than it did in his. The thinking was in those days you had to have an expensive new foreign car to show you are a successful real estate agent. I've written more contracts driving my old Grand Am than I have while driving my Volvo.