67-68 Cougar Buying Guide: What To Look For
In this video, Don does a detailed inspection on a 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7
to show some of the things you should look for when buying one of these
classic cars. Some of the insight here can potentially save you hundreds,
even thousands, when you go to negotiate with a seller. Also, it will help
those of you trying to sell, to more accurately advertise the strengths and
weaknesses of your car.
We've also done a similar video with a 1970 Cougar convertible, so you may
want to check that out too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fizb2vo68vA
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1969 Mercury Cougar STK 1364
The first generation, third year production, 1969, brought several new
additions to the Cougar lineup. A convertible model was now available in
either standard and XR-7 trim. These highly anticipated soft tops proved
quite popular and today are considered, by many, among the most desirable
of the '67-'70 production run. On the exterior, the grille switched from
vertical bars to horizontal bars. A new performance package appeared and
several disappeared. The 290 hp (216 kW) 351 Windsor V8 was added to the
engine lineup. It also featured a blacked-out grille, and a more
performance-tuned suspension and handling package. It also came in a
variety of vibrant colors like White, Bright Blue Metallic, Competition
Orange, and Bright Yellow. Only two Cougars came with the Boss 429 V8,
making them the rarest Cougars ever built. Both were factory drag cars
built for "Fast Eddie" Schartman & "Dyno" Don Nicholson.
Given all that, it should be no surprise that the bright yellow paint on
this car is spectacular. Panel gaps are excellent, there's 100% steel in
the body. The saddle tan convertible top is virtually new. The heart of a
car like this is the engine, and this first year available in the Cougar
351W 2v has proven time and time again to be an extremely durable source of
power. producing 290 horses from the factory, it feeds power through the
FMX automatic transmission and puts it down via a 9" ford with 3.00 gears.
Power steering and power front disc brakes makes driving a breeze. I think
Mercury was really hitting on all 8 cylinders in the late '60s in terms of
interior design. While the engine's horsepower is relatively
modest compared to some earlier muscle cars, there's no disputing the
beauty of this car's interior. Those freshly restored saddle buckets are
every bit as comfortable as they look. The dashboard features an
engine-turned fascia that harkens back to the '30s when all the hottest
cars featured this beautifully made finish on their instrument panels. This
dash houses a pack of freshly restored gauges that make up a comprehensive
package of information, along with the climate controls and AM/FM CD player
radio. Overhead there's that new canopy, new carpets and mats are under
your feet, and the door panels are excellent units that show Mercury's new
luxury orientation for the 1969 Cougar. You know just by looking that all
the little pieces are correct and freshly restored from the door handles to
the steering wheel to the hide away headlights. If your definition of
restoration means a highly accurate, beautifully presented, meticulously
crafted car, well, here's your car.
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1968 Mercury Cougar
•351 Cleveland bored to 400 professionally rebuilt within the last 2,000
miles. Only the best high performance parts throughout the motor. Strong,
reliable, smooth power. Hooked up to a Ford C4.
•Car has new U joints, completely rebuilt rear end including gears, new
disc brakes all around with all new brake system components, new axle seals
and bearing w/new Exhaust system.
•All new suspension components with professionally installed frame
connectors (class brand and installation) new heavy duty sway bars in front
and rear to modernize cornering.
•Beautiful gun metal gray exterior with black stripes that continue up
the rear window and into the interior color scheme.
• Modernized AC system and a New High Performance radiator and overflow
•Every part is completely redone custom interior!
•New wheels Excellent quality Tires!
•Custom, Functional Hood Scoop!
•This is one of the nicest COUGARS on the planet!!
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Mercury Cougar - American Muscle Car
An excellent TV show featuring the classic Mercury Cougar. They cover all
the classic years, and talk about all the different engines and option
packages you could get. Only a couple minor mistakes (they say the that
XR-7 package included a 4-speed stick, then show an automatic shifter in
one... derrr) but overall a very nice overview of these cars.
2001 Mercury Cougar V6 Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2001 Mercury Cougar V6. I
take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car
while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling
cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it,
start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough
tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.