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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.

Cougar Eliminator

Mercury introduced the Eliminator in April 1969. The Eliminator came with a range of engines, from the Trans Am-inspired solid-lifter 302-cid small block to the 428-cid Cobra Jet big block.

© 2007 Publications International, Ltd.; Mercury Cougar received its first restyle for 1969, and Mercury answered the Boss 302 and Mach 1 Mustangs with the striped-and-spoilered Eliminator.
©: 2007 Publications International, Ltd. The 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator blended American muscle car attributes with an upscale European flair.

The 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Specifications
Wheelbase, inches: 111.0
Weight, lbs: 3,780
Base price: $3,500

Top Available Engine
Type: ohv V-8
Displacement, cid: 428
Fuel system: 1 x 4 bbl.
Compression ratio: 10.6:1
Horsepower @ rpm: 335 @ 5200
Torque @ rpm: 440 @ 3400

Representative Performance
0-60 mph, sec: 5.6
1/4 mile, sec @ mph: 14.1 @ 103