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James Wilson’s 1970 Cougar Eliminator Clone

Confessions of a Cougar-holic

James Wilson's 1970 Mercury Cougar 'Copy Cat'Hi, my name is James and I’m a Cougar-holic. My story, well, I was raised just outside the San Francisco bay area in a small town called Pleasanton, California. At least it was a small town when I lived there. The Good Guys show would start a few years after I left. My father was a sort of car guy. He loved cars, but just never found a car to get passionate about. At one point or another he’s had an Austin Healey, a ’65 GTO ‘vert, a ’67 XKE, and a ’67 GTX. He actually was about to buy a 300SL Gull wing but decided on buying the Austin brand new instead. Unfortunately, I got older and the need for family cars interfered. He was still out there every weekend washing, waxing, and keeping ahead of the maintenance on everything he owned.

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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