Unicorn Found: The Cougar That Couldn’t Exist, Does

They never installed a 427 in anything but a GT-E in 1968. Except when they did…

Okay, so what if I told you that there was this guy who says there was a ’68 XR7–that’s not a GT-E–built with a factory W-code 427 (impossible), has factory Whisper Aire® Air Conditioning (not available with a 427), painted white (of course, all unicorns are white…), and that it was ordered by a dealer in Texas for a retail customer, built on the assembly line, and it may still be in the hands of the original owner?


I’ll bet you a beer that I’m not making this up. Make it two beers if you are really confident I am full of horse pucky.

The story begins many years ago. Rumors of a W-code XR7 begin to circulate. Story has it that it is a GT-E that is minus trim. Even the slightest chance of finding another lost GT-E is always worth checking out. It turns out that several guys claim to have seen the car, but no one can pin it down. A trip to where the car is said to be located finds no car, and only the remains of what may have been a house. Over time, the story fades to black, and the forgotten, missing, maybe-a-GT-E, fades from memory.

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What’s New in the Forums?

We are using an open source program called phpBB to support the forum. This does lots of great things for us. First of all, open source software can be modified to meet our purposes. We aren’t stuck with the way the developers’ believe things should work. We also benefit from the thousands of other users’ experience and efforts in extending the basic software by developing code that adds features–called “mods” with phpBB–so the Forum does more and we don’t have to spend our hard-earned money paying for it. Since phpBB is also on an open license, we don’t have to pay for the software license, and even more important, all of the constant upgrades and support fees. And here is the real kicker: the most popular paid software is actually based on phpBB! So we get all of the good stuff, and we can put the money into better, faster hosting and things that make a difference for the users.

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New Forums at ClassicCougarCommunity.Com

Like to talk Cougars?  Be sure to check out the new forums added to this site.

The forum is run by and for Cougar enthusiasts.  Our main focus is making this the best place for Cougar hobbyists, not advertisers.   You have to be a bit of a web geek to fully understand what this means, but we think everyone will find the results speak for themselves.

Lets take a short tour of the new forums.  Whether you are a forum newby, or a million post master, we think you will find a few things to like.

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MercuryCougar.Net Under New Ownership

Here is what we learned today on MecuryCougar.Net:

Hello Mercurycougar.net

You may have noticed the server downtime yesterday. Today marks the dawn of a new day at Mercurycougar.net. I have, effective today, transferred ownership of Mercurycougar.net to Vertical Scope.

Mercurycougar.net is now part of the automotive family of websites owned by Vertical Scope. This is a great thing for the Mercurycougar.net members. You will soon be introduced to Helena Ciardullo. She will be the new administrator for Mercurycougar.net going forward.

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And in the Beginning: Redux

It’s not April Fool’s Day, but…

1967 Cougar Introduction ProgramA little over two years ago, in an article entitled “And in the Beginning,” we brought you the story of the 1967 Mercury Cougar Introduction Program, making the Program available in a PDF download. The response was mostly positive, but we did receive a number of complaints about the size of the entire file. We split the file into parts to make it easier to download, but it was not exactly what we call “convenient for viewing.”

Now that we have a new–and hopefully better–method of displaying such documents, we’ve revived the Program and added it to the growing list of Cougar manuals and literature hosted on the site. Be sure to read the original article “And in the Beginning” if you haven’t seen it already, and have a look at the 40th Anniversary Mercury Cougar Introduction Program as presented in the Cascade Cougar Club Newsletter “The Prowler” in 2006.

Lead the Way with the 1969 Cougar

1969 Cougar Lead the WayBy 1969 the pony car war was in full form.  Every manufacturer had at least one model in the fray.  Sales people had to know their enemies’ strengths and weaknesses. Lincoln Mercury wanted to make sure that they had the information they needed. A series of Competitive Product Comparison Booklets was created, each marked “Confidential.” But now the story can be told…   See how the ’69 Mercury Cougar compared to Firebird 350, Camaro, Javelin SST, Barracuda, and even the Mustang Grande.

The Cobra Jet Story

Cobra Jet StoryFord may have stood for Total Performance on the race track in the ’60’s, but with the exception of a few purpose built Thnderbolt Fairlanes, Lightweight Galaxies, and 427 powered Comets, you would have been hard-pressed to win many street races against rat motor Chevy’s or Hemi-powered Mopars. Bob Tasca knew that winning on the track was good for Ford’s image, but losing on the street was bad for Ford sales.  The Cobra Jet story tells the real tale behind how one dealer was able to light a fire under Ford management that changed everything.

Hot Rod magazine asked its readers, “Should Ford build this engine?” and provided a pre-addressed post card for their votes. Those post cards poured in and the rest is history.  This is the story of how the KR8 became what we know as the Cobra Jet.

Define “Hairy?”

Hairy–A car that is a potential performer; also, a difficult race course

1969 Mercury Sales NewsletterThe newest addition to our–hopefully–increasing library of classic Cougar literature and manuals is the 1969 Mercury Salesmen’s Newsletter. It’s packed full of information about the 1969 Lincoln-Mercury “muscle cars,” including the Cougar “Boss” 302 Eliminator and the Cyclone.

There is some really intriguing information here. For example, there is the comparison chart featuring the Cougar “Boss” 302 Eliminator, the Plymouth ‘Cuda 340, the Camaro Z/28, and the Mustang “Boss” 302.

You can also find some real entertainment–the Performance Terminology. “Hairy” is only the beginning. So whether your ride is a sponge, a stone, a honker or a gook wagon, you’ll find something of interest here.

Lower, Wider, Longer

In 1969, Cougar Leads the Way in New Features and Value

1969 Cougar Leads the WayA completely new sculptured body, a lower, wider, and longer profile, a convertible version, a new roofline, ventless side windows, and an all-new “instrument and command” panel were some of the changes for the 1969 Mercury Cougar extolled in the brochure Lincoln-Mercury Cougar 1969: The Winner Leads the Way! featured here on Classic Cougar Community.

The brochure goes through all the new features for ’69 in detail, as well as listing some of the options available. It’s a must-see for any Cougar fan, and will probably leave the 1969 guys drooling and/or preening.

Luxury options, dimensions and specifications, and power options–even the ram air option for the 428-CJ are all listed. There is even a quiz on page 15 to test your Cougar knowledge!

Vacuum System Diagnosis Guide: What’s with the Spaghetti?

In 1968, you only got a small portion, but it was still spaghetti

1968 Vacuum System Diagnosis GuideIf you’ve never spent a Saturday afternoon trying to figure out which vacuum line goes where on that ’68 Cougar you bought from the guy who thought his vacuum system modifications would improve things, you’re very lucky.

The fact is, even Lincoln/Mercury’s technicians needed occasional help when it came to untangling the spaghetti-like mass of vacuum lines under the hood of the ’68 model line. In that battle, they had a special weapon at their disposal that you can now add to your personal Cougar arsenal: the 1968 Lincoln/Mercury Vacuum System Diagnostic Guide. And to make things easy, we’ve also made a handy PDF version that you can download and save to print out as needed.

Hopefully, they’ll make the spaghetti a little less frustrating.