Cougar 500001 build date???

On what day in 1966 did the secret Cougar marketing program begin? April 1st, April Fools day. On what day in 1968 did the Cobra Jet 428 become available in the Cougar April 1st April Fools day. Is there a message in there somewhere? This is the place to find out.
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Cougar 500001 build date???

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Post by 67429merc » 11 May 2017, 05:41

What day was cougar 500001 built?
67 standard(my first car) 428 4 speed
68 xr7
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65 f100
70 mustang convertible
67 vw convertible

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Post by Cougar1 » 11 May 2017, 07:48

actual build date = 09/07/66
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Post by 67429merc » 11 May 2017, 08:05

Thanks Jim! That's what I needed. the actual build date!
67 standard(my first car) 428 4 speed
68 xr7
69 eliminator
70 eliminator
65 f100
70 mustang convertible
67 vw convertible

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Post by xr7g428 » 11 May 2017, 11:01

I am sure that was the recorded build date, as that was the first day any Cougars were recorded as being built,being serialized, and also the first day that the line was running production Cougars. I suspect that it was actually bucked and built far earlier than that. Most pre production show units are built as prototypes on a pilot production line. I want to qualify that I don't have specific knowledge of what happened on that day with Cougar 1. I do know it was the first day of actual production on the assembly line. The additional prep work to create an Introductory Show Unit would have required the car to have been started much earlier.
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Post by xr7g428 » 11 May 2017, 11:13

Keep in mind that on August 2nd of 1966 (more than a month before the first "build" date) a Cougar was shown to "newsmen" and a group of dealers on St. Thomas Island. At least a some pilot production had occurred by that time. The St. Thomas Cougar was said to have been a bit rough, but it also appears that it could have been the same car later used for the initial Cougars ads with the white Cougar.
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'68 XR7-G 428CJ C6, Tilt-Away, AM, Black Cherry
'68 XR7-G 390 4 speed, Sunroof, Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 GT-E 427 C6 AM Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 resto mod 351W, soon to be AOD, Black Cherry

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Post by 67429merc » 11 May 2017, 11:31

The door tag on cougar 1 decodes as july 4th??
67 standard(my first car) 428 4 speed
68 xr7
69 eliminator
70 eliminator
65 f100
70 mustang convertible
67 vw convertible

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Post by xr7g428 » 11 May 2017, 12:45

Yes it does, typical Ford practice for Introductory Show Unit vehicles. That is the "Scheduled" build date.
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'67 XR7 GT 390 4 speed, AC, AM FM, Lime Frost Green
'68 XR7-G 428CJ C6, Tilt-Away, AM, Black Cherry
'68 XR7-G 390 4 speed, Sunroof, Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 GT-E 427 C6 AM Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 resto mod 351W, soon to be AOD, Black Cherry

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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 11 May 2017, 13:33

Now, I'm sure you meant to indicate '67 / Cougar 1, and everyone else seems to have picked up on that except me (LOL?). I'm gonna split hairs though, since "500001" got built more than once ;-)

1970 = 0F91G500001, a Competition Yellow, Boss 302 Eliminator, with an invoice date of Aug 11th, 1969
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Post by 67429merc » 11 May 2017, 14:00

LOL!! Yes, Mike 1967/ Cougar 1 !!! But that could make for another interesting question! As to the locations of the 68,69,and 70 500001's??
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Post by CougarCJ » 11 May 2017, 15:21

There would be two each for 1968 and 1969.
San Jose and Dearborn.
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