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1969 Mercury

Cougar

1969 Mercury

Cougar

The third year of production, 1969, brought several new additions to the Cougar lineup. A convertible model was now available in either standard or 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, and a spoiler and a Ram Air induction hood scoop were added as options. A new performance package appeared and several disappeared. The XR-7G and the 7.0-L GT-E disappeared, but the 390 and 428 V8s remained. The 290 hp (216 kW) 351 Windsor V8 was added to the engine lineup. The Eliminator performance package appeared for the first time. A 351-in3 four-barrel V8 was standard under the hood, with the 390 four-barrel V8, the 428CJ and the Boss 302 available as options. The Eliminator was the new top-of-the-line performance model of the Cougar lineup. It also featured a blacked-out grille, special side stripes, front and rear spoilers, an optional Ram Air induction system, and a more performance-tuned suspension and handling package. It also came in a variety of vibrant colors, such as 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 and "Dyno" Don Nicholson.

Only a limited number of Eliminators were produced: 2,250 cars in total.



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Performance Specs

Available Engines
Standard 351ci

351ci

1x2bbl

250 hp @ 4600

355 lb-ft @ 2600

351ci - 4V

351ci

1x4bbl

290 hp @ 4800

385 lb-ft @ 3200

390ci V8

390ci

1x4bbl

320 hp @ 4600

427 lb-ft @ 3200

CJ 428 (optional Ram Air)

428ci

1x4bbl

335hp @ 5200

440 lb-ft @ 3400

Boss 302

302ci

1x4bbl

290 hp @ 5800

290 lb-ft @ 4300

Transmissions
  • 3-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Manual
  • Auto (Merc-O-Matic)
Engine
0 to 60 MPH
Quarter Mile
Source

428/335

5.6 sec

14.1 sec @ 103 mph

n/a

351/290

8.1 sec

15.8 sec @ 86 mph

Motor Trend

302/290

n/a

14.84 sec @ 96.16 mph

Road Test

Paint & Color

Exterior Colors

Black

Maroon

Dark Ivy Green

Pastel Gray

Light Aqua

Dark Aqua

Light Green

Medium Lime

Dark Orchid

White

Medium Blue

Medium Gold

Red

Yellow

Dark Blue

Burnt Orange

Light Ivy Yellow

Competition Orange

Medium Green

Bright Blue

Light Blue

Yellow (Spring Cougar Color)

Interior Colors

Aqua

Black

Ivy Gold Parchment

Saddle

Dark Red

Dark Blue

Dark Ivy Gold

White

Blue

Red

Production Numbers

Standard Hardtop

64,716

XR-7 Hardtop

23,918

Bench-seat hardtop

1,615

Standard Convertible

5,796

XR-7 Convertbile

4,024

Eliminator (Included in above)

2,250

Total Production

102,319

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