1968 MERCURY COUGAR XR7-G by SHELBY
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Austin, Texas, United States
Features and Specifications
|Type:||2 Door Hard Top|
|Trim:||XR7-G by Shelby|
|Color:||Fawn Beige (Code 6) Desert Sand|
|Engine:||390 Marauder Premium Fuel X-Code (No Smog Pump)|
|Fuel:||Premium Fuel = 93 Octane|
|Transmission:||C-6, HD 3 speed Select Shift Merc-O-Matic)|
|Interior color:||Medium Saddle Buckets (Luxury)|
|Drive side:||Left-hand drive|
1968 Mercury Cougar XR7-G by Shelby
This is a Complete Real XR7-G, one of only 619 made in Lincoln-Mercury's Factory. The XR7-G was the special tribute car to Dan Gurney for his racing victories including the Ford GT-40, Shelby Cobra, Indy 500, and the Mercury Cougar. He was co-driver with A.J. Foyt of a GT-40 in Ford’s First Victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Grand Prix Race. Gurney was Captain of Team Cougar in the 1967 SCCA Trans--Am racing season. This car has all the Cougar XR-7 two-door hardtop features and is loaded with options including AC and Power Sun-Roof (See Replica Window Sticker Invoice List). Plus, it has the Special XR7-G equipment and multiple XR7-G badges added to this historical auto by the Shelby Automotive plant including the rare optional Shelby Traction Master Bars. All photos are of the actual 1968 Cougar XR7-G for sale. This Cougar IS NOT one of the 188 Hertz Rental Sports Cars. The professionally reupholstered saddle bucket seats were done in the exact color in three grains of vinyl. The professional repaint was to the original color – Fawn Beige. DuPont Centauri paint was used with a performance kit. It was painted onto totally sanded bare metal, even the top was painted with two heavy coats. This was done before professionals installed the new black oxford vinyl roof and moon-crater headliner that were applied and tucked under both front and rear windscreens with new weather stripping. This is the only Fawn Beige (Paint Code 6) with a Power SUN-ROOF known to exist of all the XR7-Gs in the WORLD – a unique automobile. It has been garage kept most of the time since repaint and interior upholstery was replaced. I have many new parts plus the original Ford parts that transfer with the car to perfect it further. It also comes with the original refinished blue air cleaner and snorkel. We have kept this car as original and correct as possible. The original running C8WF 12127 distributor with correct dated numbers goes with the car. This Classic Cougar is ready to drive to shows and events where it will be the unique talk of the show with the original Big Block Dress-up Kit. We have the Original Owner’s Manual that shows that this Mercury Cougar XR7-G was originally purchased by Elliot B. Gant, owner of the second largest shirt company in the world. Please, Serious buyers only in the USA.
Links and other Facts of Interest:
It won Second Place in the Cougar Club of America (CCOA) National Show after repaint and new seat upholstery.
Hot Rod magazine article: “The 1968 Cougar XR7-G was Mercury’s Answer to Shelby Mustangs”
Mercury Cougar XR7-G Registry
Cougar Club of America (CCOA)
The Cougar Club of America website has the registry section with a detailed
history of the XR7-G cougars and the unique Hertz Sports Car program.
CCOA on Facebook
● Motor Trend magazine’s “Car of the Year” the first year made in
1967 and the 1968 has the same first generation features and body –
● The XR7-G is the only Shelby Modified Mercury Cougar.
● There is an XR7-G on exhibit in The Henry Ford Museum. See
pictures at the website.
● 1968 Cougar was first power sunroof option offered on any American car.
● The Ford Exhibit at the 1968 Hemisfair featured an XR7-G in San
Antonio. This was the first “World’s Fair” in the SW USA!
● Milestone Car Society, http://www.milestonecarsociety.com/ - chose
the 1967 and 1968 Cougar XR-7 in it’s prestigious list that includes
some Shelby GT-350 & GT-500 Mustangs and 1955 to 1960 Ford
● The 1968 Cougar was voted “Best Sporty Car” by Car & Driver
magazine - 1968 Readers Choice Poll
● Gurney built the INDY 500 cars that took first, second, and fourth
positions in winning that race - the same month of May 1968 that this
XR7-G was born. Gurney’s All-American Racing Eagles (AAR
Eagles) that dominated the Indy 500 for years.