1968 MERCURY COUGAR - £Auction 20000
**Note: Recently MOT'd failed due to incorrect colour of indicator lenses**The introduction of the Cougar finally gave Mercury its own 'pony car'. Slotted between the Ford Mustang and the Ford Thunderbird, the Cougar was the performance hot-ship and eventually the flagship for the Mercury range for several decades. Engine choices ranged from the 200 hp (149 kW) 289 cu in (4.7 L) two-barrel V8 to the 335 hp (250 kW) 390 cu in (6.4 L) four-barrel V8. The Cougar was 'Motor Trend' magazine's car of the year for 1967 and was a sales success from its introduction helping the Lincoln-Mercury Division's 1967 sales figures substantially.The 1967 Cougar, with the internal code T-7, went on sale September 30, 1966.It was based on the 1967 refreshed first-generation Mustang but with a 3-in-longer wheelbase and new sheet metal. A full-width divided grille with hidden headlamps and vertical bars defined the front fascia and at the rear, a similar treatment hid the tail lights with vertically slatted grillework.The 1968 model year included a 210hp 302ci (4.9 L) two-barrel V8 along with a further three new engines on the option : the 230hp 302ci (4.9 L), four-barrel V8; the 335hp 428ci, and the 390hp 427ci.This 1968 car is finished in its original colours of Madras Blue with a Light Aqua Décor interior and has the Dan Gurney Special option pack.. Imported to the UK by our vendor in 2014 from Texas, the car has been well maintained and was subject to a significant overhaul in 2014/2015.This overhaul included a strip down and complete repaint in its original Madras Blue. A new Edelbrock carburetor and 4-barrel inlet manifold were fitted, as were new suspension bushes, new brake cylinders and brake shoes. The fuel lines were also replaced and a stainless steel exhaust system fitted to enhance the rorty V8's sound and performance.The car has a good history file with a Marti Report, a wealth of invoices showing the care and detail that has gone into it, and as a nice touch, it still has it original salesbrochures, original owner warranty card and handbook including 3 service stamps from 1968, 1969 and 1970.A classic 1960's pony car in a great colour combination with a good history file and a Marti Report to back it up. Given the amount of expenditure this car has seen over recent years combined with its excellent condition, superb performance, and stunning looks, it's surely a viable alternative to the ubiquitous Mustang.
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- RefCode: TA1096813
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