10k: Cool Hood Scoop: 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7

The first generation Mercury Cougar (1967-1970) was an up-market version of Ford’s popular Mustang pony car. It shared many mechanical components with the Mustang, but the sheet metal, interior bits and hidden headlights were only used on the Mercury.  Although it was never available with the Mustang’s base inline-6 (only V8s) the Cougar leaned toward luxury buyers and had features like houndstooth vinyl roof with matching upholstery.  Find this 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 currently bidding on ebay for $11,900 with 1 day to go, located in Torrance, CA.

This gold beauty is an XR-7 version and being sold by an owner who has had it for the past 15 years — and it looks in nice condition.  The hood features a functional “GTE” hood scoop that looks racy – in stark contrast to grandma’s vinyl top.

Under the hood is a  302 cubic inch (5.0 liter) V8 equipped with a 4bbl carburetor which would have been rated at 230 horsepower from the factory.  This one looks modified from the pictures, and the color matched aluminum valve covers look sweet.  This is not a factory original example, but it isn’t covered in cheap/fake chrome from Pep Boys, so it gets a pass.

Inside is a nicely preserved (or restored) interior with bucket seats and a full length center console.  The functioning factory air conditioning is a huge plus for anyone in a hot weather climate.

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