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Hawaii Five-0 MercuryHawaii Five-O Cars - Amidst the beautiful backdrops of the Hawaiian Island special investigator Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) drove a black Ford Mercury on each episode of the police drama HAWAII FIVE-O/CBS/1968-80. Three black Mercurys were used by McGarrett during the life of the series.

From the show's premiere on September 26, 1968 through the 1973 season (130 episodes) Steve drove a 1968 Mercury Parklane Brougham 4-door hardtop Sedan equipped, with a 428-4V(345 hp) engine, C-6 automatic, power steering, power front disc brakes, power windows, power seat, A/C, AM/FM, and cruise control.

The 1968 vehicle was damaged on the series when bad guys from the Hawaiian Mafia (the "Kumu") put McGarrett's car out of commission at the end of the 1973 season.

In 1974, to the end of the series, McGarrett drove a black 1974 Marquis Brougham 4-door hardtop. A third car, a 2-door black 1967 Marquis black with red interior, was used in filming the series' pilot and for stock footage.

The 1968 Mercury was later purchased by a man named Michael Timothy from Chicago who crated up the dented remains of the original car that had been stored in a production warehouse at Fort Rugers and shipped it to America. He adorned the restored car (the engine was untouched  with only 75,000 miles on the odometer) with a license plate that read "BOOK EM." [from an article in Quicksilver magazine "A Tale of McGarrett's Mercury"].

In 1996, John Boley Nordlum, Jack Lord's former stunt double and stand-in, auctioned off the series' 1974 Mercury (given to him by Jack Lord when the show ended) at a "Hawaii Five-0" Reunion Convention. The car, now with 250,000 miles on the engine, had been used to carry Jack Lord back and forth between his Kahala home and the Diamond Head film studio.

On the 2010 remake of the HAWAII FIVE-O series, the original Mercury (owned by Nordlum) was seen in the series pilot as Steve McGarrett's son, Steve (Alex O'Loughlin) returns to Oahu to find his father's killer and runs across the Mercury as he rummaged through his dad's garage.

The car next appeared on episode "Powa Moka Woana" (2011) with Steve (steering) and Danno (pushing) the stalled car along the side of the Pali Highway. Steve had been working on the car for the last six months but it's engine still had problems. Danno insisted he should get rid of the car, but Steve claimed the car was a classic and was worhty of his attention. On duty, Steve and Danno drive a silver 2010 Chevy Camaro.

For the entire run of the series from 1968-1980 McGarrett's license plate number was F6-3958.   

TRIVIA NOTE: On June 2, 2010, Ford officially announced the Mercury line was to be discontinued - phasing out all production by the end of the year. This decision follows the closure of three other auto brands: Plymouth (2002), Oldsmobile (2004) and Pontiac (2010).


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