Ford’s Mercury sub-brand has finally joined Pontiac on the list of Detroit brand names consigned to the automotive history books – the last Mercury, a Grand Marquis, rolled off the production line at the Ford assembly plant in St. Thomas, Ontario, yesterday, marking an end to the brand commercially.

The phasing out of the brand, which began life in 1939 with the debut of the Mercury 8, wasn’t a surprise when Ford made an official announcement in June last year of its ending – commercially, it was suffering, doing less than 90,000 units a year in the US, equivalent to about one percent of the automotive market, a far cry from the heyday in the 1950s.

Those into American rides will certainly know the 1958 Park Lane, the 1967 Cougar – effectively a Mustang done up cosmetically to offer a more European presentation – and the likes of the Sable sedan, which has come through five generations since its introduction in the 1986. The Grand Marquis itself has been in production for 25 years, through four series incarnations.

In all, Mercury managed to sell more than 21 mil vehicles in its lifetime, a decent enough number for the fleet-footed brand.