Unicorn 1968 Cougar Wanted

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Unicorn 1968 Cougar Wanted

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Post by BAC » 30 Aug 2017, 00:56

My wish list:

- Straight, rust free 1968 small block auto
- Black exterior in GC (driver quality, no major scratches, dings or other imperfections)
- Dark Red/Maroon interior in VGC (clean, no rips, tears or major scuffing/discoloration)
- Either XR-7 or standard decor level trim with factory console
- Factory power disc brakes and power steering

I know this is a needle in a haystack enterprise but I'm prepared to wait for the right car. Please let me know if you see/hear/smell anything that might be suitable. Something like this one (without the big block price tag) would be perfect:





May also consider the reverse color scheme, i.e. black cherry paint with black interior. Would need to be an XR-7 though.
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Brian

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Re: Unicorn 1968 Cougar Wanted

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Post by Cadillacbart » 02 Oct 2017, 18:23

I know this is a 67; but it seems to check the rest of your boxes:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1967-Mercury-Co ... NU&vxp=mtr

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Post by BAC » 02 Oct 2017, 19:16

Thank you for letting me know. I had seen that one and was considering it even though it's a '67 as the interior looks very good and panels seem to be clean and straight.

I've been in touch with the owner and her bottom dollar at the moment is $17K (she started at $22K), which I think is a little over what it's worth. At this stage I'm not sure if it has power steering or disc brakes and the engine bay looks like it hasn't been touched in 30 years and in definite need of some detailing.

She claims to have been advised on pricing by a local car club, so what do others on here think? I figure I'd have to put about $2K into tidying it up which makes it nearly $20K for a small block '67 before I put some nice wheels and tyres on it.
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Brian

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Post by xr7g428 » 03 Oct 2017, 10:57

If that is not your car, then you are probably not going to find one. An XR-7 is going to bring more money than a standard. It is highly optioned in a very positive way: tilt away, power disc brakes, console, AC, full California smog still on the car. Very unmolested. It needs to match up to a Marti Report and you need to see the front seats. Unicorns are rare.
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Post by Don Rush » 03 Oct 2017, 11:36

On the surface that appears to be a good deal on a well optioned rare car. There are folks on this site that would go look at it for you if you bought them a hamburger and a tank of gas.

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Post by BAC » 03 Oct 2017, 16:08

xr7g428 wrote:
03 Oct 2017, 10:57
If that is not your car, then you are probably not going to find one. An XR-7 is going to bring more money than a standard. It is highly optioned in a very positive way: tilt away, power disc brakes, console, AC, full California smog still on the car. Very unmolested. It needs to match up to a Marti Report and you need to see the front seats. Unicorns are rare.
All your points are well taken. I know I'm being fussy, but this will hopefully be the last Cougar I buy so I want everything to be just right. My only real issue with this one is it's a '67 rather than a '68: I really don't like the '67 steering wheels and I'm keen on the slightly better safety aspect of the collapsible steering column on the '68s, not to mention the 'Cougar' badging on the rear quarters is more appealing. On a lesser note, I'm one of those strange guys who actually prefers the interiors in the standards rather than the XR7s.

That said, if this '67 was a bargain I'd probably grab it but in my personal view it's priced at every bit of what it's worth. I may be wrong on this and some of you guys here (especially Don and yourself) know way more about Cougar vaules than I do. So far it's been on the market for about a month and while quite a few people have been out to look at it, nobody has bought it yet.

Don Rush wrote:
03 Oct 2017, 11:36
On the surface that appears to be a good deal on a well optioned rare car. There are folks on this site that would go look at it for you if you bought them a hamburger and a tank of gas.
If the price comes down a little more I will definitely be sending out the call!
Cheers,
Brian

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Post by hesmytaxguy » 03 Oct 2017, 16:43

Hey Brian,

I paid $17 K 2 years ago for my 68 (non XR-7, bench seat, minimal options) although it was generally in very good shape. There may be some bias in the Haggerty site but a price for an XR7 with a 302 4 barrel is $18,600 so her price seems reasonable and perhaps a bargain.

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Post by Don Rush » 03 Oct 2017, 16:52

Its really an unknown as it is a poorly written ad with poor pictures. Every car has its warts, I do not believe it is a perfect show car, look at the noticeable dent in the hood. My experience has been those who have patience and know how to use the internet to their advantage almost always in time find what they are looking for. Post your wanted ad on as many buy and sell sites as you can find, use lots of content rich search words and be ready to act swiftly when the right car pops. I just made an offer on the car BTW.

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Post by BAC » 03 Oct 2017, 17:17

Don Rush wrote:
03 Oct 2017, 16:52
Its really an unknown as it is a poorly written ad with poor pictures. Every car has its warts, I do not believe it is a perfect show car, look at the noticeable dent in the hood. I just made an offer on the car BTW.

Agree with everything you said, Don. I hope you have better luck with your offer than I did with mine!

I also had hassle with the owner as simple requests for things like the VIN and/or data plate info, more/better pictures, answers to basic questions about what options are fitted, etc. have been stonewalled. She even denied there were any dents on the car when I specifically asked about the hood! While this isn't a deal breaker for someone local who can go see the car for themselves, someone like me on the other side of the world needs every bit of cooperation we can get from the seller.

Don Rush wrote:
03 Oct 2017, 16:52
My experience has been those who have patience and know how to use the internet to their advantage almost always in time find what they are looking for. Post your wanted ad on as many buy and sell sites as you can find, use lots of content rich search words and be ready to act swiftly when the right car pops.
That's the thing that keeps me going - persistence usually pays off in the end. FYI, the car I showed pics of in my first post as an example of what I want was on the market in February for low twenties before any price negotiations and it was a factory big block. So I do believe that perfect car at a reasonable price must be out there somewhere!
Cheers,
Brian

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Re: Unicorn 1968 Cougar Wanted

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Post by hankster » 30 Oct 2017, 18:18

Unicorn ? just bought a 68 XR-7 GT 390 auto car. Lime frost, black painted top, black leather interior, swing away column ect.. Marty report says only 7 built this way, I wonder how many are left?

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