Midnight Chamois Edition: 1978 Mercury Cougar XR7

I hate the idea of buying a 70s land barge American car and then putting a bunch of time/money into restoring it…because they drive terribly can look odd…but getting a 70s land barge that looks awesome AND is in fantastic shape has serious appeal.  Let’s just hope the reserve on this “Midnight Chamois” (whatever that means) edition isn’t set to crazy high levels. Find this 1978 Mercury Cougar XR7 here on eBay bidding for $9,100 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Dallas, TX.

From the seller:

Wow,,, Incredible 1978 Mercury Cougar XR7 “Midnight Chamois” edition.

45,064 actual miles. Built February 16, 1978. The original owner purchased it off the showroom floor at Northeast Lincoln Mercury in Hurst, Texas because it “knocked her socks off!” Lovingly cared for, garaged and used on special occasions ever since. Still has the original Texas title dated 03/16/78. 


 78 Cougar XR7 Midnight Chamois Tour & Test Drive VIDEO Video will open in a new window


From the sales brochure: (it is necessary to keep this in the car at all times to settle disputes regarding the fact that the interior has not been customized!)

…… XR7 is the luxurious and exciting extension of the spirited and untamed Cougar personality. The Midnight Chamois Decor Option is pure poetry in motion, with its unique half vinyl roof with cross-over strap, the added distinction of padded  “Continental” type rear deck, deep, supportive bucket seats of midnight blue with chamois colored inserts, vinyl side facings and formed bright buckles. A striking motif complimented by the convenient console and plush Tiffany carpeting. 

  Car is all original with the exception of an incredible repaint at some time – actually looks better than factory in my opinion; there is absolutely no overspray anywhere. Body panels match up perfectly. Chrome glistens, glass is all the original Carlite stamped; windshield has no wiper scratches or rock chips. There is no sun damage to the dash, vinyl top, package tray. Crisp display panel surfaces, no cracks/wear on seats or armrests, no stains or odors. Weatherstripping is soft and supple.

   No rust, of course, as the car has spent its entire life in North Texas. 

Outstanding 351 engine compartment: the plug wires are date coded 1978, even the battery cables are original. Always starts right up, choke engages properly. Air conditioning looks to have been converted to the newer freon at some time. New Cooper raised white letter tires from Summit Racing on the factory Styled Road Wheels. Everything on the car functions properly. Rides and handles excellent – no mysterious shakes, shimmies, rattles; tracks true and straight. Be sure to watch the drive video.

  Marti Report documenting accessories such as: Power Windows & Door Locks, Tilt Wheel, Cruise Control, Air Conditioning, 6-way Power Seat, AM-FM, Deluxe Seat Belts, Illuminated Entry System, Day/Date Clock, Midnight/Chamois Decor Group, Remote Control Color Keyed Racing Mirrors, Tinted Glass, Rocker Panel Moldings.  

Similar to the Lincoln Mark V and Ford Thunderbird Designer Series available throughout the 70’s.

  Texas residents must pay applicable tax, title & lisc. I do not have a “buy it now” price and will let the auction play out. New eBay participants with a feedback score below 5 must call me prior to bidding.

  Fly in-drive home.Check out Southwest.com for reasonable flights into Dallas Love Field – their HUB. Click on the “shipping” tab on this listing for shipping quotes through U-Ship.  

Phone calls or even texts much preferred to emails. We have an extensive photo album available of this magnificent automobile. This is The Year of the Cat! 

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