The Mercury Legacy
Eighty-two years ago, a fledgling marine-engine company that would eventually become Mercury Marine is born when E. Carl Kiekhaefer purchases a bankrupt manufacturing company – including hundreds of flawed outboard engines – in tiny Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The rest, as they say, is history...
This year Mercury celebrates the 82nd anniversary of that historic date for the marine industry.
Mercury Marine History
It was a marriage of performance legends when Mercury Marine was chosen to manufacture the LT-5 engine for the 1990 ZR-1 Corvette. That marriage produced an offspring, the “Wette Vette,” a 24-foot Baja 223 Bandit runabout powered by a marinized version of the LT-5.
“If you want something done right, do it yourself.”
For 75 years, one thing more than any other has separated Mercury Marine from its competition – the people of Mercury Marine. The same spirit that drives Mercury employees to achieve great feats of engineering and workmanship also drives their desire to strengthen the communities where they live.