Red GT-E - Mecum Indy - May 2018

The GT-E was only available for a few brief months in 1968. Total production would not have kept the assembly line busy for more than a half day. If you know anything about a GT-E, it is important, and this is the place to share it. The GT-E registry is maintained by Jim Pinkerton.
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Red GT-E - Mecum Indy - May 2018

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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 14 May 2018, 10:17

Not sure which one this is. Came across it this morning, and didn't see a recent mention of GT-E's coming to auction. If this is the "rebody" car, I'll delete this and add the link / update to the old thread for that car.

https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0518-32654 ... ugar-gt-e/

Engine
427 CI

Trans
Automatic

Color
Red

Interior
Black

Estimate
$35,000 - $55,000

Highlights
•1964 427 CI engine
•4K3 engine block date code
•Medium riser intake
•C6 3-speed automatic transmission
•Rust free
•Laser straight cardinal Red exterior with Black interior
•XR7-S tail lamps
•XR7-G front valance and fog lamps
•Rare original GT-E BF Goodrich FR70-14 spare tire and wheel in trunk
•AM/FM stereo
•Power steering
•Turn signals
•Reproduction air cleaner
•Rear valance was notched out to clear the reproduction exhaust

In 1968, there was only one way to get a 427 in a new Ford or Mercury. Instead of waiting for the midyear 428 Cobra Jet, Mercury bolstered the new Cougar GT-E’s performance image by installing the W-code 427 as the only available powerplant, as well as the last 427 ever offered by Ford from the factory. In its second year as a corporate cousin to the widely successful Mustang, the more luxurious 1968 Cougar featured a formal hardtop profile, hideaway headlights and sequential tail lights. This red 1968 Cougar GT-E is one of only 356 produced with the single 4-barrel 427/390 HP V-8 engine. Available for $1,311 over the standard Cougar or XR-7, the GT-E combined big horsepower with Mercury style and luxury. In addition to the 427, the equipment list was impressive: Super Competition Handling package, mandatory SelectShift Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission, 9-inch rear axle, power steering, power front disc brakes, “power booster” engine fan, low-restriction dual exhaust and chrome engine dress-up with open-element air cleaner. Appearance-wise, the GT-E was identified by its two-tone paint with argent on the lower body, blackout grille with unique horizontal trim bar, non-functional twin-nostril hood scoop, black tail-light trim, quad exhaust tips, styled steel wheels and “7.0 Litre GT-E” fender emblems. This 1968 Cougar GT-E is equipped with a 1964 427 CI engine with a 4K3 block date code, medium-riser intake and chrome air cleaner. The rare Cougar is also equipped with XR7-S tail lamps, XR7-G front valance and fog lights, white-letter BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires and notched rear valance to clear the reproduction exhaust system. Factory-supplied equipment includes power steering and AM/FM stereo, and a rare original BF Goodrich FR70x14 spare tire on a GT-E rim resides in the trunk.
Mike B.
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1970 Cougar Eliminator (Competition Gold / Black Decor Interior)
1 of 70 with 428SCJ, Ram Air, 4-speed.
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Looking for an Eliminator? Then be sure to check out the "Eliminators on the Market" thread in the Classic Cougars For Sale section of the forum!

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Post by BAust » 14 May 2018, 10:30

This is the ever-famous Mustangs Unlimited hybrid, isn't it??
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Post by JB BATTERSHILL » 14 May 2018, 10:39

Yes, it is.

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Post by Don Rush » 14 May 2018, 10:54

The taillights give it away. Fake News...

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Post by BossElim69 » 14 May 2018, 12:00

Does anybody know what the Dan Pfeiffer Cougars brought at the RM auction in Auburn IN ?

https://www.rmsothebys.com/en/home/lots ... ageSize=40
Brian Carpenter, President CATS classic Cougar club
67 Cougar road course racer
67 Cougar project car
67 Cougar GT
68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
68 Restomod
69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
70 Boss 302 Mustang
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2004 Jeep Overland 4.7L H.O.
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Post by Royce » 15 May 2018, 07:28

The results are on the link that you shared..........

BossElim69 wrote:
14 May 2018, 12:00
Does anybody know what the Dan Pfeiffer Cougars brought at the RM auction in Auburn IN ?

https://www.rmsothebys.com/en/home/lots ... ageSize=40
1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
XR7-G Registrar

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Post by BossElim69 » 15 May 2018, 10:28

:oops: I was in a hurry to leave work and didn't explore the RM page for results. At $33,000 that was very well bought. I would call it a steal at that price.
Brian Carpenter, President CATS classic Cougar club
67 Cougar road course racer
67 Cougar project car
67 Cougar GT
68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
68 Restomod
69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
70 Boss 302 Mustang
1993 Harley Davidson
2004 F250 diesel
2004 Jeep Overland 4.7L H.O.
78 Ford F 150 Ranger
08 Cobalt SS

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Post by Don Rush » 23 May 2018, 14:18

The 69 at $33k was not that much of a steal. I see a car that needs a complete restoration. Had it been a West Coast car all blown apart, in boxes would it have done more than $30k? I know which I would choose.

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Post by R Code » 23 May 2018, 15:06

Don Rush wrote:
23 May 2018, 14:18
The 69 at $33k was not that much of a steal. I see a car that needs a complete restoration. Had it been a West Coast car all blown apart, in boxes would it have done more than $30k? I know which I would choose.
Don, I had a similar impression after looking over the photos (tetanus shot anyone?). But still, it looked to be mostly all there.
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