1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7
1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7
It's restless, civilized, challenging, serene.. It's a Cougar, and it's like nobody else's car. Queue Farrah Fawcett to hug the cat on the roof! “The Sign of the Cat” was the ad slogan that brought Mercury back to life in the late 1960's
For consignment, an original survivor, sporting its original paint. Over its career, it has been in the same family. This car has had a mechanical total rebuild of the engine up in 1998, and since has seen low miles. Time to grab this car by the tail and have some excitement come your way!
The Cougar is quite different from the Mustang in the realm of styling. Most noticeable was the front end "electric shaver" split grille treatment with concealed headlights. At the rear, it came with T-Bird sequential taillights. Dark Ivy Green covers the panels which show some usage, and fading as well as runoff, but consistent for its age. A few scratches and some surface rust is noted on the door sills next to the trim. A white vinyl top now aged a fine color of creme is good save for a seam on the rear B pillar near the window cracking off some of the vinyl. Chrome bumpers and all trim retains its shine and shows very little wear. Dual exhaust with chromed tips peek out the back at the bottom of the chassis. Mercury 14-inch styled steel wheels with a blue cougar badge on the hub, are wrapped in BFG Raised white lettering radial T/A's. Cue the cat growling.
Swinging one of the two doors open we are met with 2 sporty saddle leather covered wide tuck and roll buckets with accompanying headrests. In back is a matching bench stretching across to vertical ribbed tuck and roll leather covered panels. This holds true for the doors as well which are in very nice condition. This car sports the XR-7 package, which was introduced in January of 1967. Much was made of the Cougar's Euro theme and the XR-7 accentuated this. The dash was covered with burled walnut appliqué. In front of the steering wheel within full view of the pilot, a lineup of 4 round gauges 2 of which are a speedometer and a tachometer and the others being warning light clusters and fuel indicator. This appliqué panel is within a stitched black leather dash top and front which is in very good condition. Below is another beige horizontal panel that has a few knobs and the ignition. In the center dash is a cascade of black leather and more wood appliqué. Underneath the radio on the XR-7 are the temp sliders just above the floor. Adding to the European flair, was a row of Jaguar style toggle switches above the center vents which controls various interior lights. In front of the passenger is an oval panel wood appliqué dash front which has an inset clock. Below is a beige covered glovebox. Headliner is beige and vinyl and tight, and the carpeting is green and very original looking. I'm running my paws and nails through this stuff.
Under the hood is a very clean engine bay and shows nicely. In its center is the star in the form of a blue block and intake 428 Cobra Jet V8 which is original to this car. It is topped with a 4-barrel carburetor, and a surrounding chrome air cleaner covering. Valve covers are also chromed and nice and shiny. On the back is a 4-speed manual transmission and is a Toploader. On the back is a Ford 9-inch 3.50 Equalock rear axle. One wild cat and a beauty to boot.
Some surface rust is seen, particularly around what appears to be a new fuel tank. As we move forward this rust mostly clears up and we see some spotty surface rust on the floor pans and framing, along with road dirt on the frame. We do see invasive rust on the driver's front unibody rail at the torque box. The torque box is partially separated and is showing severe rusting of the rail at the attachment points. Some surface rust is seen in mid car on the rockers. Dual turbo exhaust is on and power disc brakes for the front, and power drums for the rear.
A quick starter and very smooth runner with acceleration aplenty just push foot further to floor. Bias free braking, and good handling make this a luxury muscle car much more upscale than the Mustang, and more powerful.
A true survivor, 1 family owned throughout its lifetime, a complete engine rebuild which still is working wonderfully and looking great. Showing a little age but in good overall condition. Also plenty of paperwork for this cool cat to include a Marti Report, Original Window Sticker, original Warranty card, Original Owners Manual and a complete set of Ford shop manuals. 2 boxes of extra parts including original carburetor and diff tags
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
93-Cougar XR7 2 Door Hardtop
R-428ci V8 4bbl Cobra Jet Ram Air
536854-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 65B-Cougar XR7 2 Door HT
COLOR C-Dark Ivy Green Metallic
TRIM 6F-Saddle Leather Buckets
DATE 30M-December 30th Build
DSO 84-Home Office Reserve
AXLE S-Ford 9" 3.50 EquaLok
TRANS 6-Toploader 4 Speed Manual
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