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1973 Ford Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible

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  • Comprehensive history file with original sales/specification invoice
  • Recently upgraded with Edel performance manifold, Hedman headers, and Holley 670 Street avenger carburettor
  • Two UK owners since import in 2007
  • 12 months MOT

The Appeal

Introduced in 1967 by Mercury, and based upon the ever-legendary Mustang, the Cougar was one of the marque's most esteemed products for good reason. Boasting decidedly classical elements on an adapted bodyshell, the Cougar's distinctive central grille and squared-off nose made made look odd to modern eyes, but in its day was amongst the most stylish cars in the USA. 

Often touted as a 'plush pony car', the MK2 Cougar opted for higher-end powertrains and became better reputed for its ability as a sports car in its own right. It was the last one to rely on the time-honoured Mustang underpinnings, too!

This particular 1973 example, finished in its original bright red paintwork with the desirable XR-7 trim, is a fine one - with an impressive spec, plenty of features and a Cleveland V8 powerplant. The car has been meticulously maintained and upgraded by specialists, and is still providing that evocative V8 soundtrack.

 With only 56,000 miles on the odometer, which the vendor believes to be correct, and a comprehensive history file, this Cougar XR7 is a compelling choice for any classic car enthusiast.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1973
  • Supplied new to Olympic Mercury in Seattle
  • 3 US owners until 2007
  • Exported to the UK by 'West Coast Classics' in 2007
  • Two UK owners since import
  • Comprehensive history file with original sales/specification invoice
  • 3 months extendable Warranty
  • Indicated 56,621 miles at its last MOT
  • Will undergo a fresh MOT upon sale

The Condition

  • Bright red paintwork looks in very good order with only light signs of use
  • Brightwork is in good order with only light signs of wear
  • Power operated top functions correctly
  • Colour keyed racing mirrors and tinted glass all round
  • Staggered Chrome 'Cragar' wheels with Mercury wheel centres in very good order
  • BF Goodrich performance tyres appear in good condition
  • Internally, the car is in good overall condition
  • Black leather hi-back bucket seats and black carpets in very good order
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and tilt steering wheel present well
  • Power windows and air conditioning in fine fettle
  • Sports console with clock appears in smart condition
  • Am/FM radio with 8-track player, including Olivia Newton-John tape

The Mechanics

  • 351cu in. (5.8L) Cleveland V8 powerplant
  • Cruise-o-Matic transmission
  • Power Front Disc Brakes
  • Power steering
  • Edel performance manifold, Hedman headers, and full flowmaster exhaust system recently fitted
  • Holley 670 Street avenger carburettor installed
  • Sports headers and pipes enhance performance and sound
  • We understand the car is driving well with no mechanical issues to note

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Ford
  • Model Cougar
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 56,621 Miles
  • Engine size 5700
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Knutsford
  • Location Cheshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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