1968 Mercury Cougar XR7-GT / 390ci 325hp S-code Marauder engine
This amazing Cougar XR7-GT is one of a few classics that we have acquired from a very special private collection. Each one of these classics could be considered one of the best in existence and each has a special significance in the classic car world.
We believe this California Black Plate car to have just 23000 actual miles and it shows. This XR7 was sold on January 11, 1968 as a special Dealer Lease Vehicle.
This car is one of your first Hotwheels cars from the original group in 1968!
This car has seen a complete restoration of its exterior starting with a very high end repaint in its original color of Grecian Gold. The paint, chrome and trim are literally flawless without exception. These high resolution photos can be enlarged to show the absolute perfection throughout the exterior. The vinyl top is like new as well. Even the undercarriage is immaculate and shows the original Red Oxide rust proofing.
The interior is all original and like new. Again, take a close look at the photos. The dash is spectacular and Every Single Feature and Gauge works perfectly including the ice cold air conditioning and beautiful hide-a-way headlamps and sequential tail light turn signals. The factory Light Nugget Gold leather seats appear as though they were never sat in. Other features and options include the Sports Center Console with working clock, ice cold Whisper-Aire air conditioning, power steering, front power disc brakes and factory Style Steel wheels. The AM-FM stereo is a upgraded high end look-alike designed to replicate the original AM radio but offer full stereo, more power and an Ipod jack.
This incredible car is as close to new & original and as good as it gets.
There were a fair number of Cougars produced 1968 but not many had the XR7-GT option. The GT Performance Package was a $402 option (not cheap in ’68) and added some nice upgrades including Ford’s 390ci FE series big block with hydraulic valve lifters along with an upgraded suspension to handle the weight of the big engine and give better handling, more powerful front disc brakes, better tires, and a low-restriction dual exhaust system. The ALL ORIGINAL 390ci Marauder S-code engine, factory Holley 600cfm 4bbl 4150 model carburetor and the top of the line C6 Select Shift Cruise-O-Matic 3 speed automatic transmission with its 3.25 rear end, produce 325hp with an impressive 10.5:1 compression ratio and a 6.7sec 0-60 time. The tires are brand new factory correct Goodyear F70x14 Polyglass on Style Steel wheels
This car starts immediately with a turn of the key. She idles perfectly and runs just as well. It is surprisingly powerful at all speeds and it stops beautifully. There are no rattles, no shakes and the thought of a fluid leak is actually funny.
She comes complete with an Elite Marti Report, the original window sticker, original Black Plates and a 3″ file of receipts dating back to the beginning. Nothing is perfect but This car is 100% complete and as close to flawless as possible. Lets call it MINT MINT, #1 to 1- You will never see another like this Outside, inside and underneath! Starting, driving and stopping. You really need to see it to believe it. Test drives are welcome for serious inquiries. Come take a look or call us for more details.
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