Show Car XR7 Upholstery

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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Al Bundy
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Show Car XR7 Upholstery


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I had the pleasure of being hosted by Phil Parcells last week and got to see his cars along with #38. Phil has the original seats for his introductory show car that have different upholstery on the seat back from normal XR7's. The seats in my car have what looks just like any other XR7 seat back, but there is a question as to whether mine are original. I'm hoping someone has seen one of the other show cars or has early literature on the GT-E that would show the interior well enough to determine what may be in them. At this point there is a possibility that all the show cars had this different upholstery or it may be just Phil's car. I would like to be able to make that determination so my car can be put back to original.
The extra padding at the top of this seat back is different from the typical XR7 seat back
Reupholstered seat
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1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: Show Car XR7 Upholstery


Post by TomL »

Interesting question. There was a (Nordic?) blue GT-E show car produced that was on the other Cougar forum at least ten years ago. It had considerable rust thru and it was eventually sold. I believe it had parchment interior and was an XR7.

Match that criteria with the GT-E registrar list that Jim P maintains and see if you can contact the current owner.
1968 Cougar XR7 GT-E
W-code 427E
Nordic Blue / Dark Blue Leather
sold thru David Bricker L-M; Hollywood, CA

1968 Cougar XR7 6.5 Litre
S-code 390 GT
Nordic Blue / Dark Blue Vinyl

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