Publish date: 2016-08-03 10:10:49
This stunning 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 coupe might look like a low-mileage classic that has been stored most of its time in a closed garage and left there for years before being found again – but the truth is entirely different. This one-owner Cougar from Southern California is the result of continuous and proper maintenance that keeps this coupe looking brand new.
A dealer from Santa Monica, California gave a detailed history about the Cougar and it is quite similar to a classic that was rarely driven and have been preserved through time except for the fact that this coupe has crazy 221,980 miles on its odometer.
It’s amazing to think how much the Cougar was preserved with just regular and thorough maintenance. Aside from the new coat of its original Dark Moss Green Metallic finish, a few minor mechanical repairs, and internal cleaning, this Cougar XR7 with a California black plate is an ultimate survivor after decades of traveling through harsh weather, long highway trips, traffics jams, rough roads, and time itself.
The dealer provided a series of documents that shows the history of the Cougar up to the time it was first purchased back on July 31, 1967, from a Beverly Hills Lincoln Mercury dealer.
According to the dealer, “The car was purchased and has always been owned by its original and only Southern California owner, and boasts its original Protecto-plate and all original service records showing that at no time was any expense spared on this car’s preventive maintenance.”
The dealer also assures that the engine is in great condition and works right off the bat, the oil pressure is great and there are no visible oil leaks. The engine sounds great and no noticeable problem as it runs. The transmission is also very responsive with no troubles in shifting and the engine does not heat up quickly.
The Mercury Cougar models were the luxury counterpart of the famous Ford Mustang that features various options and upgrades to improve both styling and power. The Cougars featured headlights that are embedded into the grille, very wide taillights, and sequential turn signals that stood out back in its time.
This Cougar is equipped with the popular 289 cid V8 matched with a 4-barrel carburetor and Merc-O-Matic transmission. The interior features saddle tan vinyl and is complemented with the simulated wood dash that is fitted with black-faced competition gauges, an overhead console, toggle switches, and T-bar shifter.
The seller is honest enough to point out that it does have some imperfections. “Please note that it does have a few shopping cart dings and paint chips and a very small dent on the driver’s side rear fender.”
The Cougar’s carburetor has been recently replaced by an Edelbrock performance carburetor. It also has a fresh radiator, heater core, and power steering hoses. It also just received a full maintenance and check up to make it ready for the next owner. An air-conditioning compressor is one of the very few things that the next owner will need to find because the original one has been taken out.
This unique 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 has a price tag of $15,500 might be a steep price for a very high mileage but the amount of regular maintenance and the current condition of the Cougar, it is probably worth it. The seller assures that it is a ready to drive classic with no major problems to worry about.
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