Luxury, distinction, serious big block performance are just the headlines on this 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7. It was born with a Q-code Cobra Jet big block V8, and it has had all the right investments from the A/C interior to the new slick paint. So you're looking at the ultimate vintage luxury muscle machine.
The Cougar certainly has all the right muscle car details for the era, and it walks with big cat swagger. The styling is Mustang-sized, but it's a little more sophisticated. You see it in the subtle body crease running from the front fender to the rear wheel opening. Plus, the hidden headlights feel more Lincoln than Ford. A few extra dollops of chrome, including the gorgeous sequential taillights with their chrome surrounds, and this car manages to look both sporting and elegant at the same time. The best representation of this is the paint. You're looking at a recent investment where the factory-correct Candyapple Red was given a modern application, so it has an amazingly slick metallic presence. And the black vinyl roof is exactly what you want for '60s premium motoring. The big hood scoop and rear spoiler are borrowed from the aggressive Eliminator package. And there's even a nod to Shelby with the upgrade to Halibrand-style American Racing wheels.
Inside the feeling of premium continues. The deeper red color of the interior against the cherry-red hue of the exterior feels downright European. The carpet and headliner were replaced to keep everything fresh, and of course, it also helps that this original interior is made of leather. The factory-correct deep-bolstered buckets have been taken care of so well, that it almost feels like 1969 all over again. A center console, three-spoke rim-blow steering wheel, full round gauge package (including tach), and all that wood panel trim – it's the perfect blend of luxury and performance. Besides just the great presentation, this one has all the right subtle upgrades. For example, the AM/FM radio looks correct, but it's a retro unit that incorporates a digital tuner and aux input. Plus, the air conditioning has been upgraded to R134a to keep you feeling as cool as you look behind the wheel.
Everyone loves looking under the hood and seeing big block power fill the engine bay. That's especially true on this one. It's a Q-code coupe, and so it came from the factory with the top-dog 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet motor. With a car this significant, we're glad to have a corresponding date motor still under the hood. Best of all, there's only 250 miles on the V8 since it was rebuilt. And you can instantly see this investment in the level of freshness on the belts, wires, and hoses, as well as the Cobra valve covers. This monster V8 inhales deeply with a Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, and it exhales with thunderous authority through the dual exhaust. Out on the road this muscular Mercury knows how to keep its composure thanks to a thick sway bar up front, traction bars in the rear, and newer bushings all around. Add in a three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, front disc brakes, and the modern grip of BF Goodrich Super Sport tires, and you've got a total package worthy of the Cougar name.
This is a significant and powerful Cougar, and so it comes with all the right paperwork, including the factory buildsheet, owner's manual, restoration photos, and Marti Report. It's a cool big block classic that has the appeal of the Mustang, but in a rarer and more luxurious package. So if you're looking for an upper-class muscle machine, don't let this one slip away. Call today!!!