This makes a change from cars seen around my neighbourhood. It’s a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis LS, sighted in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Much to my surprise, some of Sweden’s older city centres have a rather American feel, specifically that part of the US in the north east such as Upstate New York. Gothenburg, where this car was seen, has stone and brick houses on streets lined up in grids. That immediately suggests an American way of town planning which is supposedly rational but disrespects topography and leads to stupidly steep roads among other ill-effects. The major roads of the mid-20th century in Sweden are styled after American freeways and have a similar brutal character: ugly to look at and confusing to drive on.
Looking at the map you realise they are designed to promote the circulation of traffic as if it were a moronic liquid like blood in veins. Seen from ground level this arrangement is in fact very confusing as one’s left/right sense is obliterated after several 360 sweeps around the clover-leaf on-ramps. In other ways, Sweden is a gentle and civilised place with impressive super-markets, fine scenery and lovely people. Who’d have figured social democratic Sweden would model its roads on the capitalistic USA?
Put like this, one suddenly understands the prevalence of American cars in Sweden. Most of them are quite predictable chrome-and-fins land yachts. I didn’t see any other 90’s US cars apart from this; though this is quite a nice pick from the 90s. It’s the ’95 version of the Mercury Grand Marquis, related to the Ford Crown Victoria by dint of its Panther-body underpinnings. I’ve only seen two others in two decades.
Wikipedia notes that this car was intended to appeal to younger buyers than the predecessor. Opera lights and wire-wheels were options only. This example is sadly afflicted with rust on both front wings. I could not photograph the interior. It is however, very wide and trimmed with beige leather.