1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator -Barrett Jackson-OC Fair Grounds Part 1
Barrett Jackson 2010 Oragne County Fantasy Bid Car 1969 Mercury Cougar
Fully restored Part 1.
1969 Mercury XR7 updated with Eliminator package. The car was delivered new
in Southern California with the following options, XR7 package, 351W, high
back bucket seats, console, power steering, power disc brakes, air
conditioning, tinted glass, FMX automatic transmission and 9" rear end. The
car has just undergone an extensive 2 restoration. The car retains all of
its original sheet metal and has been refinished with a base coat clear
coat Ford black with custom red Eliminator stripes. To complete the
cosmetic Eliminator look, the car has front and rear spoilers, blacked out
front and rear grill, an original Eliminator hood scoop and correct style
hood pins. All chrome, trim and weatherstripping redone. The entire
original drivetrain was pulled during the exterior restoration. The 351W
now sports some mild modifications, the FMX has a shift kit and the 9"
differential is now a 3.50 trac lok. Fully detailed engine bay. The
following were all removed for complete rebuild, refurbishment or
replacement. Complete air conditioning, heat, cooling, braking system,
electrical and vacuum system, gas tank, all soft and hard lines. All chrome
and moldings, front windshield were all redone. Interior removed during
paint, new headliner, carpet and seat covers. All parts repainted or
re-dyed or replaced as needed. Full Alpine sound system installed to look
as factory as possible. The suspension was completely rebuilt. The car sits
in a lowered stance that makes the car handle and ride very well. Custom
fitted Raceline 17" wheels. To retain a factory style look, the center caps
were custom machined to fit magnum 500 Cougar center caps in red to match
the red Eliminator stripes.
Cougars at Barrett-Jackson 2013: Featuring KTL's 1970 SCJ Eliminator
We went back to Scottsdale this January to witness the sale of Joe
Valenti's 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, with a 428 Super Cobra Jet
drivetrain and the Drag Pak option. This rare car was meticulously concours
restored over the course of 5 years by the renowned Cougar restoration shop
KTL Restorations ( http://www.ktlrestorations.com ) in VA.
A factor that made this auction even more interesting was the presence of
another 1970 Eliminator, in the same Competition Blue color, and also with
a 428 Cobra Jet engine (not Super) and also restored by a reputable hot rod
shop. This car was not restored to the same "concours" level that Joe's car
was, but it was still beautifully restored, and we expected to see it bring
close to six figures.
What we saw unfold that weekend in January was an interesting and sobering
experience. These two cars, which would seem nearly identical to the
untrained bystander, sold for vastly different prices. There is a lot to be
said for the day and time that a car gets sold, as well as the quality of
the restoration. But we were still very surprised by the results. This
video puts you in the middle of the action to experience Barrett-Jackson
with us. Enjoy!
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