XR7-G Prototypes

There were only 619 XR7-Gs built. They were built along side the Shelby Mustang, and were available with every engine and transmission offered in 1968, (except the 427). This was the first Cougar to be a part of the Hertz Rent a Racer program. If you have any information about these rare cats, this is the place to share. The XR7-G registry is maintained by Royce Peterson.
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Post by Cgrhj50 » 27 Apr 2017, 07:04

Cgrhj50 wrote:
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Cgrhj50 wrote:
27 Apr 2017, 06:46
"MuscImage[/img]le Cars, American Icons" by the editors of Consumer Guides, $13.98 at Barnes & Noble has an excellent full color picture of another model standing between a Wimbledon White 68 Cougar and Grecian Gold 68 XR7-G. I saved an image from a page of the book on my phone. Unless it's violating all sorts of copyright laws which would spin the earth off its' axis... I've shared it with this forum.

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Post by 68CJ428CAT » 27 Apr 2017, 20:53

Great idea...does anyone know where the prototype G went? The Gs are so cool.
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Re: XR7-G Prototypes

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Post by 1967 S Code » 27 Apr 2017, 21:00

Cgrhj50 wrote:
27 Apr 2017, 06:46
"MuscImage[/img]le Cars, American Icons" by the editors of Consumer Guides, $13.98 at Barnes & Noble has an excellent full colir picture of another model standing between a Wimbledon White 68 Cougar and Grecian Gold 68 XR7-G. I saved an image from the page of the book on my cell phone. Unless it's not violating all sorts of copyright laws which would spin the earth off its' axis... I've shared it with this forum.
There is no photo in any of your posts.
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Re: XR7-G Prototypes

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Post by Cgrhj50 » 28 Apr 2017, 06:21

Either I don't quite know how to share images on this site or my access is limited to writing only. If an administrator wants to contact me, I can send the G images to them and they can share it with the group.

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Post by ClawIt » 28 Apr 2017, 06:30

68CJ428CAT wrote:
27 Apr 2017, 20:53
Great idea...does anyone know where the prototype G went? The Gs are so cool.
Which one(s), the marketing/car show unit or the Smith 'try it out' unit?

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Post by Cgrhj50 » 11 Jun 2017, 15:45

A contemporary color image of the Prototype Gold Sunroof 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7-G with a lady model between a White 1968 Mercury Cougar. Photo is courtesy of 'Muscle Cars, American Icons.'
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Post by propayne » 21 Jun 2017, 14:37

That is a cool picture Cgrhj50.

It is obviously from the same photoshoot as the b/w photo I posted earlier in this thread.

I would imagine these are from Ford's archives and hopefully they will release them soon through their Ford Images website.

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Post by propayne » 27 Jun 2017, 11:23

Here is an interesting newspaper ad from 1968 where they used a pic of the G prototype that is in the internal sales brochure.

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Post by Cgrhj50 » 27 Jun 2017, 16:26

While Mercury had a great advertising push in 1966-67 to get the buying public enthused for their exciting all new Cougar, clearly they 'dropped the ball' when it came to the promotion of the XR7-G. Take this ad for instance. They waste copy room repeating "Sporty" without really detailing the unique features of this Mercury Cougar. Who knows how many more of these really well appointed Cats we'd see today, if they had focused on this vehicle better...Thanks for sharing these rare ad pieces on my favorite rare Cougar!

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Post by propayne » 29 Jun 2017, 10:03

I absolutely agree with you. Mercury's lack of promotion for the G is puzzling. It's almost as if they had already given up on them before production was finished.

Here is another vintage newspaper ad that features a very cool XR7-G illustration. I don't own this ad, and it is difficult to read, so I can't tell if they even mention the XR7-G.

All the car manufactures back then sent advertising packets to dealerships that contained newspaper ready clip art of logos, graphics and cars, so that the individual dealers could put together their own ads for local newspapers.

Apparently, artwork of the G was created and included in these packets. So, besides the well-known color sunroof ad that ran in The Post, you can add this illustration to Mercury's extremely limited G promotions.

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