If you’re a Mercury Cougar fan, we just found another late 60s example for you to drool over. It is a 1968 XR7 model with the GT-E option package and a 428 ci Cobra Jet V8 engine, which is mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
The exterior is finished in Augusta Green Metallic and comes with features such as the silver lower panels, tinted glass, hide-away headlights, a power-retractable radio antenna, 7.0-liter GT-E badges, chrome wheels and a functional fiberglass hood scoop. As a GT-E model, this car already came with factory-standard power-assisted steering, front disc brakes, and the Super Competition handling package.
The seller says that this is one of just 394 examples featuring the GT-E package, as well as the only XR-7 model with such a factory spec – this includes the Cobra Jet V8 / 4-speed manual drivetrain combo, which is also joined by a 3.90:1 Traction-Lok differential.
Inside, the car comes with Saddle leather low-backed front seats and rear bench, a matching headliner, black carpets, Philco AM radio, map lights, Cougar logos on the rubber floor mats, and a stock steering wheel.
In terms of performance, the 428 ci (7.0L) V8 unit was factory rated at 335 hp and comes with a four-barrel carburetor featuring an air cleaner housing that works with the scoop opening when the hood is closed.
Ultimately, this wasn’t the most powerful version of the first-generation Mercury Cougar, but it came in at a close second. Back then, the carmaker also offered a 390 hp 427 ci V8 engine, which only worked alongside a three-speed automatic gearbox.