GT-E XR7 At Mecum-Kissimmee

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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Re: GT-E XR7 At Mecum-Kissimmee

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That is really cool, thx for the pic, Royce. Don't see too many GTEs w/that treatment anymore, LOL.
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Looks really solid but lots of details that need correcting. Wrong radio, radio knobs, tilt knob, wrong shift handle, no perfs in kicks, inferior repro Merc emblems, faded out grille center decal, DS grille is from 67, poor steering pad, incorrect exhaust, lots of little details under hood, wrong pull strap covers, wrong trim rings, tilt unplugged, steering pad shot, lots of orange peel, wrong antenna, 1974-76 xr7 pillar emblems, undersized tires. If you can find 20 things wrong at first glance in their glamour shots expect to find at least 50 more upon closer inspection. Not sure it is a six figure car but a fun one to pick up as a driver and bring to the next level as your budget allows.
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Thank you Don.

Auction details for when we look back on this years later and the link doesn't work anymore.

https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0121-44448 ... r-7-gt-e/

THE LARRY CARRELL COLLECTION
VIN - 8F93W537983
Engine -427 CI
Trans - Automatic
Color- Cardinal Red
Interior- Red
HIGHLIGHTS
One of 256 Cougar XR-7s produced with the GT-E package in 1968
Sold new at Sam Priestly Lincoln Mercury ,Inc. in Oceanside, California
Restored to like original specs
Correct W-code 427 CI side-oiler V-8 engine
Holley 4-barrel carburetor
Aluminum intake manifold
C6 Merc-O-Matic transmission
Competition suspension
Power steering
Power brakes with front discs
Cardinal Red with Red bucket seat interior
Woodgrain dash
Tinted glass
AM/FM radio
Tilt away steering column
Styled steel wheels
BF Goodrich radial tires
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I misspoke when I mentioned one of the grille halves was from a 67. Looking at the pictures more closely I see both grille halves are the 67 design which can be found on early 68's. The magazine shows 1968 grilles? No Marti posted so I am unsure how early the car is.
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Don Rush wrote: 13 Nov 2020, 10:36 I misspoke when I mentioned one of the grille halves was from a 67. Looking at the pictures more closely I see both grille halve are the 67 design which can be found on early 68's. No Marti posted so I am unsure how early the car is.

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Don I have been wondering about what constitutes "early" for the grill design. My Jan 68 San Jose car has the 1967 style.
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January 1968 is pretty late. I would suspect your grilles were replaced at some point or perhaps San Jose found a pile of earlier ones and used them up. The 1968 grilles were beefed up at the center which made a lot of them crack at the outboard section. Also the grilles tend to get damaged easily in minor accidents.

PacificaXR7GT wrote: 13 Nov 2020, 10:40
Don Rush wrote: 13 Nov 2020, 10:36 I misspoke when I mentioned one of the grille halves was from a 67. Looking at the pictures more closely I see both grille halve are the 67 design which can be found on early 68's. No Marti posted so I am unsure how early the car is.

111111grille.jpg
Don I have been wondering about what constitutes "early" for the grill design. My Jan 68 San Jose car has the 1967 style.
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1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
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silverton_ford wrote: 13 Nov 2020, 10:22 Auction details for when we look back on this years later and the link doesn't work anymore.

Someone should add the VIN to the thread title or at least somewhere in the body, so that people searching by VIN can find it.
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It's part of the name of the image I posted.
Mike_B_SVT wrote: 13 Nov 2020, 16:58
silverton_ford wrote: 13 Nov 2020, 10:22 Auction details for when we look back on this years later and the link doesn't work anymore.

Someone should add the VIN to the thread title or at least somewhere in the body, so that people searching by VIN can find it.
1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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Re: GT-E XR7 At Mecum-Kissimmee

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silverton_ford wrote: 13 Nov 2020, 10:22
Auction details for when we look back on this years later and the link doesn't work anymore.

https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0121-44448 ... r-7-gt-e/

THE LARRY CARRELL COLLECTION
Engine -427 CI
Trans - Automatic
Color- Cardinal Red
Interior- Red
HIGHLIGHTS
One of 256 Cougar XR-7s produced with the GT-E package in 1968
Sold new at Sam Priestly Lincoln Mercury ,Inc. in Oceanside, California
Restored to like original specs
Correct W-code 427 CI side-oiler V-8 engine
Holley 4-barrel carburetor
Aluminum intake manifold
C6 Merc-O-Matic transmission
Competition suspension
Power steering
Power brakes with front discs
Cardinal Red with Red bucket seat interior
Woodgrain dash
Tinted glass
AM/FM radio
Tilt away steering column
Styled steel wheels
BF Goodrich radial tires
It will be interesting to see the $ margin between this example and one that has actually been detailed before auction presentation!

Maybe the auction house rushed the outcome, but disappointing regardless
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Anyone know when this is scheduled to be sold?
Lee Fairclough wrote: 15 Nov 2020, 09:16
silverton_ford wrote: 13 Nov 2020, 10:22
Auction details for when we look back on this years later and the link doesn't work anymore.

https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0121-44448 ... r-7-gt-e/

THE LARRY CARRELL COLLECTION
Engine -427 CI
Trans - Automatic
Color- Cardinal Red
Interior- Red
HIGHLIGHTS
One of 256 Cougar XR-7s produced with the GT-E package in 1968
Sold new at Sam Priestly Lincoln Mercury ,Inc. in Oceanside, California
Restored to like original specs
Correct W-code 427 CI side-oiler V-8 engine
Holley 4-barrel carburetor
Aluminum intake manifold
C6 Merc-O-Matic transmission
Competition suspension
Power steering
Power brakes with front discs
Cardinal Red with Red bucket seat interior
Woodgrain dash
Tinted glass
AM/FM radio
Tilt away steering column
Styled steel wheels
BF Goodrich radial tires
It will be interesting to see the $ margin between this example and one that has actually been detailed before auction presentation!

Maybe the auction house rushed the outcome, but disappointing regardless
1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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