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Post by ClawIt » 15 Nov 2012, 21:05

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Here is the engine shot. Sure looked like the 390 GT in my 67 Mustang.

I'll look for the rest of the pics.
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Post by 1967 S Code » 15 Nov 2012, 21:31

Thanks for posting the picture. It sure looks like a 390. Was the hood scoops functional? I don't see how it could be with that air cleaner unless there is some kind of seal in the hood itself. More pictures PLEASE :D it's a awesome car.
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Post by propayne » 17 Feb 2015, 18:26

In the process of researching his car (the only '67 Shelby convertible) Brian Styles has uncovered some incredible Cougar history that fits right into this thread nicely. The XR7-G/XR7S/GT-E connection is fascinating.

Check out this section of Brian's website:

http://www.1967shelbyconvertible.com/do ... k-list.asp

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Post by 1967 S Code » 18 Feb 2015, 05:30

Thanks for sharing the link to Brian's site. That is a fascinating read. I agree with the last sentence on the page "I'm sure we'd all love to find some concept sketches of the XR7-S!". I know I'd sure like to see concept sketches showing the body mods/front fender extensions.
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Post by propayne » 18 Feb 2015, 08:35

You would think those concept renderings have to be on file somewhere - hopefully they will come to light some day.

This hand written note that Brian posted also gives more credence to the theory that the "S" in XR7S stands for Shelby.

So many of Mercury's decisions seem curious to me - why spin off two separate, high end models (the G and the GT-E) from the XR7S/Dan Gurney/GT-E show car? And why did Ford/Mercury have Shelby/A.O. Smith handle the XR7-G conversions but keep the GT-E in house? And who at Mercury had enough pull to get the 427 installed in the Cougar while no Shelby's came from the factory with one? The 427 is listed in early Shelby Mustang literature as being available, so at some point it was canceled for the Shelby but was green lighted for the GT-Es.

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Post by xr7g428 » 18 Feb 2015, 10:56

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The G was built in response to a request from Hertz. They wanted a Cougar for the rent-a-racer program. The GT-E was built to homogulate the 427 for endurance racing (Le Mans). The GT-E program was in place well before the XR7-G program began. XR7-S prototypes were built well before Ford started Shelby Automotive and began building the cars in the A.O. Smith facility in Ionia Michigan. Much of what was being planned for the XR7 S was incorporated into the XR7-G.
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Post by propayne » 18 Feb 2015, 11:34

Back in 2009 past G owner and DCC president Jim Karamanis submitted an article entitled "XR7-G, Cougar with the Shelby Touch" to the Shelby American Automobile Club that repeated that premise - that Hertz initiated the XR7-G model. SAAC published the article in issue #75 of their club magazine "The Shelby American" and received this response (see attached). If memory serves me, Jim passed on this info to Royce but I'm not sure if anyone followed up with Mr. Coleman. Would be interesting to conduct a detailed interview with him if he's still around.

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Post by propayne » 18 Feb 2015, 11:36

My attachment was stripped, might have been too big.

Let's try again...
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Post by propayne » 18 Feb 2015, 11:43

This is a pic that I just posted over at the "Legendary Cougar Magazine" Facebook page.

It is from a period publication that I have (don't recall off the top of my head what mag) and might well be the Gurney Weslake engine that Don Coleman is referring to.

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