Seeking more direct competition for the model line, the division largely benchmarked the Cougar against the numerous GM A-body coupes, placing the Cougar in competition with the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. [52][58][59] To differentiate the XR7 from the LS, the model was fitted with sport seats, two-spoke sport steering wheel, and full analog instrumentation. To visually stretch the roofline, a compound-curved rear window replaced the nearly flat rear glass and the rear quarter windows were redesigned (with a curve inversely matching the windshield angle). Centered around the design of the MN12 chassis was its use of four-wheel independent suspension in place of a live rear axle. John Gunnell, Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946–1975, Revised 4th Edition, page 546, Dave Epperson, Popular Hot Rodding's All About 1981 Cars, page 49, Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive, shoulder belts (sash belt, shoulder harness), "Ford Motor Company – Featured Story – Fords Past, Present and Future Come to Carlisle", "History of Ford Swing-Away, Tilt-Away, and Tilt Steering Wheels", "Cougar Club of America production statistics courtesy of Marti Auto Works", "Image: 1970 Mercury Cougar/1970 Mercury Cougar- 05", 1971 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Hardtop 351-4V V-8 4-speed (man. Following initial skepticism by Ford over both model lines, the Mercury version received approval in mid-1964, following the successful launch of the Mustang; the Cougar name was adopted from the winning design for the Ford Mustang. For 1970, the Cougar underwent an additional revision to the front fascia; the split "electric shaver" grille made its return, adopting a pronounced body-color center section. Mercury Cougar 1st-gen. XR-7 Hardtop Coupe (1967-1970) Cars belonging to Mercury Cougar 1st-gen. XR-7 Hardtop Coupe submodel, manufactured or offered in the years 1967-1970 with hardtop coupe body type, equipped with engines of 4727 - 6997 cc (288.5 - 427 cui) displacement, delivering 149 - 250 kW (203 - 340 PS, 200 - 335 hp) of horsepower: [52] Designed specifically for the Mercury Cougar and Ford Thunderbird, the MN12 chassis retained the use of rear-wheel drive. For 1968, the Cougar saw revisions related to compliance with federal safety mandates, adding side marker lights and front outboard shoulder belts (sash belt, shoulder harness). 2016, 2017 and 2018. Along with marking the first major use of aerodynamic-intensive design in an American automobile, the Cougar and Thunderbird were also the first Ford vehicles developed using computer-aided design (CAD). [41] Within Mercury, the Cougar was slotted above the Capri and below the two-door Grand Marquis (both would be discontinued during its production). As a mid-year change, Mercury introduced the Boss 302 V8 to the Cougar (exclusive to the Eliminator). [52] For 1994, the interior underwent a complete redesign (similar to the Lincoln Mark VIII), with dual airbags replacing the automatic seatbelts. 1967 Cougar XR7 GT 390 S-Code / C6 | This 1967 Cougar was the biggest cat on the block. This was also the first hatchback Cougar, and the first to have its own body, unshared by any Ford (except its European twin Ford Cougar). "Cougar A Source Book, edited and annotated by Thomas E Bonsall, 1967 Thru 1976" page 118. While marketed in Europe and Australia under the Ford brand, the eighth-generation Mercury Cougar was the first Mercury car since the 1991–1994 Mercury Capri sold without a direct Ford model equivalent in North America. List your cars for sale. [11] To distinguish the Eliminator from other Cougars, Mercury added blacked-out exterior trim, a Cougar rear badge (replacing the Mercury crest emblem), racing-style side mirrors, and model-specific body stripes. XR (2002 model year) available in either Black or XR Racing Red, with special black and red seats and interior trim, also came with 17-inch silver wheels with black accents on the inner spokes. [41] While the Thunderbird adopted a fastback roofline, the Cougar adopted a notchback roofline with a near-vertical backlight, distinguished by upswept rear side windows.[41]. During the development of MN12, Ford designers sought to develop increased differentiation between the Cougar and Thunderbird. One owner in great shape. In its March 1967 issue, Popular Mechanics even put two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Roger Ward behind the wheel of a 1967 Cougar XR7 390 GT and asked him to compare it against the 1967 Aston Martin DB6. A convertible body style was added to the model line, available for both standard and XR-7 trims; a power-operated top was standard.[15]. Driven less than 1,000 miles since restoration. Classified Ad with Best Offer. Standardizing a 390 cubic-inch "Marauder GT" V8 (320 hp), the Cougar GT was fitted with upgraded suspension, larger brakes, wheels, and tires, and a low-restriction exhaust system. The interior was also revised at this time and now included dual airbags with a wraparound style interior. Offered By: Private Seller $22,000. Must be Mercury Cougar related (mustangs are ok) 2. Search 1967 Mercury Cougar for Sale to find the best deals. [28] A 166 hp two-barrel version was the standard engine, with a 246 hp four-barrel offered as an option. Engine offerings for 1974 included a standard 351 V8 Cleveland 2V, optional but seldom ordered Q-code 351 "Cobra Jet" V8, 400 2V, and 460 4V; in 1975 the Cleveland 2V was replaced by the 351M. While the nameplate is most commonly associated with two-door coupes, at various times during its production, the Cougar was also marketed as a convertible, four-door sedan, station wagon, and hatchback. [61] Equipped with 15" BBS alloy wheels, all examples were painted green with a tan interior (with green carpet). [22], For 1973, Lincoln-Mercury marketed a "Bronze Age" special edition promotion of the Cougar (alongside the Monterey, Montego MX, and Comet). Initially outranking its predecessor in sales, the eighth-generation Cougar (marketed towards younger buyers, similar to the ZX2) struggled to compete for sales against sedans (the Mercury Sable and Grand Marquis) in the Mercury model line. [8] Each XR-7G was built to order, with the total number produced unknown.[8]. As part of the model line revision, the Ford Mondeo platform was no longer used in North America until its consolidation with the 2013 Ford Fusion; the Mercury Cougar was effectively left without a donor platform. [49] As part of the introduction of the XR7, the model introduced an instrument panel including a tachometer and turbocharger boost gauge. The 1999 Cougar shared the Ford CDW27 world-car platform introduced by the Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique. The original Ford Mustang was such a massive sales success that it made sense for Ford to release a Mustang-based Mercury for the 1967 model year. The Cougar XR7 was offered with two V8 engines. For 1971, Lincoln-Mercury released the second-generation Mercury Cougar. However, the manual transmission version of the car, when given enough road, was capable of reaching speeds of around 145. [29] For 1973, the GT option was discontinued. For the 1980 model year, Mercury downsized the Cougar XR-7. $1,950.00. [41], As with the previous generation, 14-inch wheels and tires were standard, with Michelin TRX tires and metric-size wheels as an option (shared with the Thunderbird and Capri/Mustang). Additional upgrades includeair conditioning, billet wheels, Camaro front suspension,power steering, and brakes. By the mid-1990s, Ford engineers had completed design work on the third generation of the Ford Probe. Sold only under the Mercury brand, this generation is the only version of the Cougar with no direct Ford counterpart (though export examples were badged as Ford Cougars).