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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1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Conv, Rare, For Sale!
1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Conv, Rare, For Sale!
This is a low-mileage, four-owner motorcar that had undergone a
sympathetic restoration on an original "barn-find". It is in nice
condition and is now ready for continued TLC, showing in car shows or
touring!! This car has never been completely restored and is in nice
This 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible comes to us as a magnificent
four-owner icon. This car was bought on April 2, 1949 at the Adams-Bailey
Co Lincoln Dealership located in Battlecreek, Michigan. Can you imagine
the amazement for the dealership to receive a '49 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
Convertible to sell? We do not know if this was custom ordered by the
original owners. This was bought new by the family that owned, amongst
other things, the American Stamping Company located at 310 E. Burnham in
This was evidently owned afterward by a Doctor in Battlecreek and perhaps
one other owner. It is in the 1950's that the ownership chain is fuzzy.
By the early 1960's a large collector of cars, Joe Evans also from
Battlecreek, that owned Automotive Parts Stores and a wrecking yard,
acquired the Cosmo Convertible. He held onto the car for the next 40
years! During his ownership the car was maintain totally original except
some repair work and maintenance to prevent any damage from extensive
This car never left Battlecreek until the Spring of 2005 when Mr. Evans
sold the car to Stephan Paradine from Lake Station, Indiana. Mr. Evans was
by then very elderly, in a walker and nearly blind. The car was still
entirely in it's original livery: original top, paint, interior, etc. It
had amassed a mere 47,960 miles in the previous 55 years. The engine has
never been rebuilt, repainted, etc. The engine number is 9EH 035769.
Mr. Paradine started a very sympathetic restoration. He was not out to
restore the car. But instead, he wanted to make cosmetic and mechanical
improvements to make it a fun car to drive and take to shows.
He had Broadway Glass and Trim in Merriville, Indiana re-trim the leather
from the original dried out dark brown to the present two tone brown
leather. The top was replaced using the original glass and frames for the
unique rear windows in the correct tan Harrtz cloth convertible top.
The original black paint was chipped and had some door dents (but
absolutely no signs of accidents or major rot issues). The Cosmo was
repainted in a two stage deep black to match the original paint. We have
spent considerable resources improving the paint to make it very
serviceable and acceptable for car shows, etc. However, this is not a
concours cosmetic restoration.
The engine has never been rebuilt, nor has it ever been painted. If you
look carefully at the photos you will see that the engine looks terrific
for a 60+ year old car that has never been apart! The car drives well, has
good oil pressure but could likely benefit from a top end ring replacement.
The four-speed hydromatic automatic transmission shifts well.
Mr. Paradine re-chromed many of the major pieces in Chicago. The chrome
and stainless is nice overall- again, not concours quality but fine for car
This car has never been shown at events or AACA shows. This is a natural
car to participate in such events because of its rarity. So few people can
say they've seen a gorgeous 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertibles in
person! Even in 1949 most people would never see one!
Most car aficionados have never seen one of these gorgeous cars. We
believe they are highly under-rated, likely due to their scarcity when new-
and even more so today.
There were about 1,200 of the Cosmopolitan Convertibles made in 1949. Of
the 1,200, approximately 12 are known extant. This is about as rare as we
get for a top-of-the-line late 40's dream car. A 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
Convertible was used by President Truman supplementing the famous Bubble
Top exhibited at the Henry Ford Museum.
This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a top-of-the-line Lincoln for
1949. This Lincoln has the powerful 337 cu in flathead V-8 engine with 152
BHP at 3,600 RPM and the ever smooth and dependable four speed Hydra-Matic
automatic transmission. It has a 125 inch wheelbase and a total length of
We assume that you have never had an opportunity to drive one of these rare
gems. They absolutely surpass their contemporaries. We're Packard nuts
and a 1949 Packard Custom doesn't even come close to this in terms of
design or performance. This car is way ahead of it's time.
As a recent value comp, a 1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible from the
Schudroff collection sold in Monterrey at the Gooding & Company auction in
August of 2009 for $137,500. More details to follow on this motorcar...
www.classicpromenade.com or call Hal at 951-440-0412
Is It Numbers Matching? - Cougar by the Numbers
In this video we delve into the complex topic of decoding tags, date codes,
and other numbers to check if your classic Ford / Mercury is "numbers
matching," using Don's newly acquired '69 Mercury Cougar XR7 428 Cobra Jet
convertible as an example. While we haven't covered the subject 100% in
this video (to keep it concise) we think this covers most of the major
components and gives you the knowledge you need to figure out what your
numbers mean. As mentioned in the video, we highly recommend Marti Auto
Works, especially his Tagbook, which made this video possible. Visit him
at http://www.martiauto.com , and for everything Cougar, visit us at
Credit for intro music:
"Beach Bum" - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative
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Front Suspension & Chassis Upgrades - '68 Cougar / Mustang
In this video, we show some of the ways you can easily stiffen your car's
chassis and upgrade your front suspension. Using Andrew's '68 Cougar as a
guinea pig, we bolt on, and weld on, some simple parts that will make a big
difference in reducing the torsional flex that these front ends are prone
to, as well as improving the integrity of the shock towers.
Most of the parts mentioned in this video can be found here:
Springs we used:
Rear seat divider panel (67-68 Cougar):
See also: 69-70 Cougar panel:
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1978 Mercury Grand Marquis Video 1 Owner 6.6L 400 V8 Classic Youngtimer Lincoln Town Car Ford Sedan
78 Mercury Grand Marquis 312,000 Miles Near Mint 1 Owner 6.6L 400 Big Block
Classic Youngtimer http://www.1ownercarguy.com This is a very cool car.
Usually I like cars with really low miles but this car is sol cool because
it has 312,000 original miles on it and runs like a newer car. This is only
a 1 Owner Car and yes the miles are actual. The previous owner drove the
car back and fourth from Canada to California. You would never guess the
miles by looking at the car. The factory baby blue paint is in great shape
and has a very nice shine to it. The factory white vogue top looks great on
the car and is in about as good of shape as you will find. The body is
straight as can be and the paint is original. It has the 6.6L 400 engine
that fires right up and runs great. It has been rebuilt along with many
other things on the car. I talked to the mechanics that worked on the car
and they remembered the guy and how good he took care of his car and really
liked it. You would have to really like a car to put that many miles on it.
The car feels and handles like a newer car and just floats down the road.
The interior is in mint condition along with the rest of the car. Only the
drivers seat shows minimal wear. It looks like he was the only one that
made the trips because none of the other seats look like they hardly ever
got sat in. Everything about this car is just clean as can be. You won't
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