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Old 05-13-2011, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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In 1967 123,672 base cougars were made & sold for $2,851.00. Only 27,221 cougar XR7s were made & cost $3,081. If you bought the cougar XR7 what did you get for the additional cost of $220.00 & what does the XR7 mean ?
http://www.mercurystuff.com/1967-models/index.html
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Not even 1 reply. Wow.....
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:33 AM
 
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From wikipedia;

Aside from the base model and the luxurious XR-7, only one trim package was available for either model: the sporty GT.

The XR-7 model brought a wood-grained steering wheel, a simulated wood-grained dashboard with a full set of black-faced competition instruments and toggle switches, an overhead console, a T-type center automatic transmission shifter, and leather or vinyl seats.

The GT package, meanwhile, supplied a much larger engine, Ford's 390 in³ (6.4 L) FE-series big block to replace the small-block 289 in³ (4.7 L) standard powerplant. Along with this came an upgraded suspension to handle the extra weight of the big engine and give better handling, more powerful brakes, better tires and a low-restriction exhaust system.

Mercury Cougar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There you go...
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:25 PM
 
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these were such neat cars. In 1967 I was in the Navy serving on an aircraft carrier docked in VA, the local Ford/Merc dealer had a black/black one on display on the hanger deck. I spent a lot of time staring at it and was interested in how the headlights and tail lights worked. A real step up from the Mustang

here is one similar to the one on my ship

1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 | Mustang & Fords Magazine Article at Automotive.com (http://mustangfords.automotive.com/76490/mufp-0510-1967-mercury-cougar-xr7/index.html - broken link)
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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I would of gladly spent the xtra 220.00 for the XR7. Not many were produced in 1967 compared to the base cougar. The hidden headlights & sequential (i may have spelled it wrong) were so cool looking. Thanks for the info. I like the 67 cougar steering wheel much more then the 68 but not as much as the 69 & 70. The 1971 cougar was sharpe but i liked the 72 sterring wheel design better. IF i was wealthy (which ill never be) i would buy a 68 & 72 cougar XR7.

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Old 05-25-2011, 08:22 PM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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I once owned a '68 Cougar XR7
It came with a 302 which (after I blew it up) was replaced with a 351 Cleveland.

the XR7 trim package was the hide away head lights and sequential rear turn signals
leather front buckets and a rather fancy dash set with a whole bunch of switches gauges and lights.

on the ceiling were map lights but my gf used hers mostly for loading the bowl with.
good times.
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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I believe the xr7 had some standard features that the others didnt have. I believe the v8 was standard along with some special trim and paint. Ford used several types of paint in 67 from a base enamel to a special order polythene that had a deeper shine.Special paint was special back then, This too I believe may have been stardard on the xr7 models . I think the 4 wheel disc brakes were available for the xr7 or came standard,,thats about all I know .I was 17 in 1967
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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A man in town owns a very nice & clean 67 cougar XR7 but i havent seen him in a few yrs though. I do like the large front side lights on the 68 cougars. When i had my 68 i had clear bulbs in them & not yellow. The rear side lights were just red reflective & didnt light up.
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Old 09-25-2017, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Just as a FYI and to bump the thread, in 1968 I rented a Dan Gurney Cougar from Hertz in Houston Texas. It was yellow with a black interior, black stripe, and I think a black vinyl roof. It had a hood scoop, sunroof, air conditioning, and a big wing on the trunk that was so heavy the springs would not hold the lid open.
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Old 12-12-2017, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Wichita Falls Texas
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Just as a FYI and to bump the thread, in 1968 I rented a Dan Gurney Cougar from Hertz in Houston Texas. It was yellow with a black interior, black stripe, and I think a black vinyl roof. It had a hood scoop, sunroof, air conditioning, and a big wing on the trunk that was so heavy the springs would not hold the lid open.

Cougar By The Numbers doesn't say how many Dan Gurney Cougars were rentals, but it does say 4818 base and 265 XR7's were rental cars and there were 11,899 base and only 1 (!) XR7 Dan Gurney Special built. In High School (81-85) my best friend Randy's first car was a base 67 Cougar. He bought it for $500. To this day, more than 33 years later, I can still drive right to the house he bought it from. After about a year or so the steering and suspension became wore out and he didn't have enough money to rebuild it, so he sold it (for how much I don't remember) and it sat at a house I can still remember all these years later, for a few years then disappeared. We've never seen it again. It was a 289 2bbl/auto combo. My funniest memory of it was one Saturday night driving the main drag and all of a sudden hearing a loud bang and a lot of racket under the hood thinking the engine had just blown! Nope, a spark plug had worked loose and popped out. It was still laying on the exhaust manifold. So I screwed it back in and off we went.
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