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What If: The G Car That Could Have Been

Team CougarIn 1967 the Trans Am championship came down to the final race in Kent Washington at the Seattle International Raceway.  Bud Moore Engineering prepared three Cougars for 1967 and two of them were in the race: #98 driven by Dan Gurney, and #15 driven by Parnelli Jones.  When the final flag fell, Team Cougar finished second behind The Mustangs and, by only two points, came in second in the Manufacturers Championship.

G-Force CougarWhat If Team Cougar had won that last race in 1967 and become the Trans Am series Champs?

It would have been difficult for Ford to pull the plug on Team Cougar.  Perhaps Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, and Ed Leslie would have gone on to win again in 1968.  We will never know of course, but for certain, Mercury would have tried to make the most of the victory, and the best way to do that would have been with a commemorative vehicle.

This brings us to the G-Force Cougar.  The G-Force Cougar is the creation of Rocket, as he is known on MC.Net.  Rocket describes himself like this:  Born Canadian car crazy, single, in love with Ford racing, owner of one of the coolest collections of rare Cougars anywhere.  Rocket keeps his cat collection in Surrey, BC, Canada.  I think his work speaks for itself.

This is one man’s vision of what just such a car would have been.  Even before the Cougar was introduced a collection of performance parts was assembled to “Sharpen the Cats Claws.”  These parts were used to assemble a Group Two street Cougar that was tested by both Road & Track and Motor Trend magazines.   Read on for more details and pictures of this amazing Cougar.

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Dan Gurney Special

Dan Gurney specials were produced for the 1967 and 1968 model years only. They were promoted by Dan Gurney who signed a sponsorship deal with Mercury for the 1967 Trans Am racing season. The DGS option included a chrome engine dress-up kit, “turbine wheel covers” and a sticker on the rear passenger (needs to be confirmed it was passenger side please) side window. The chrome engine dress up kit consisted of a chrome air cleaner lid, dipstick and valve covers. All of these items were available as dealer installed options for both model years and today the only real way to be sure of having a real DGS car is to get your Marti report from Marti Autoworks.

DGS Production Numbers

  • 1967 – 19,783
  • 1968 – 11,900

Please note: DGS cars are completely separate from XR7-Gs. The XR7 G is a different beast entirely. Where as the DGS was mainly a dress-up option the XR7-G cars are rare performance monsters. To this day there are still people who confuse the two designations.