It’s difficult to imagine today, but there was a time when minivans were popular. Automakers were clamoring to build practical people carriers, and demand was high enough that there was even space for Mercury to make a Nautica edition of its Villager.
All of the Nautica Special Edition models came in a two-toned blue and white paint scheme and secretly supplied the cabin with an airborne numbing agent that kept the driver from feeling any of the sideways glances people shot their way.
Given the brand’s boating-class implications, it would have made sense for Mercury to have held off and offered the Nautica Edition Mountaineer. At least then the idea of towing a sail boat with it make sense.