Mercury Marine Museum

75 Years Includes Help for Corvette

Larry Jewett - April 30, 2014 09:08 AM


Admist the boats and small engines, a 1990 Corvette ZR-1 is displayed for good reason.

Courtesy of Mercury Marine

This is the 5.7L V-8 engine built in Mercury's Stillwater, Oklahoma, location

Courtesy of Mercury Marine

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      As part of Mercury Marine’s year-long 75th-anniversary celebration, the world leader in marine technology opened the doors to the Mercury Marine Museum in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and there is something inside that appeals to the car lover as well.
      Museum visitors can stroll through Mercury’s history and learn how and why company founder E. Carl Kiekhaefer created the most recognized brand in the marine industry – a brand that is known globally for innovation, technology, performance and sustainability.
      Mercury played an integral role in the development and production of the highly anticipated 1990 ZR-1. The Lotus-designed engine required precise hand assembly, a task that could not happen at Bowling Green or any other GM engine plant. The company outsourced the production to Mercury’s Stillwater, Oklahoma facility, who handled the assembly for the 32-valve, dual-overhead cam 5.7-liter V-8. According to Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible, “Although the engine’s displacement was identical to that of the standard Corvette V-8, this was an all-new powerplant with different bore and stroke dimensions.”
      The museum occupies approximately 5,000 square feet and is located inside the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. Admission is $1, which will be donated to a different charity each month.
      To keep up with the latest Mercury news and the company’s 75th anniversary events, log on to the Mercury microsite at