The first generation, third year production,
1969, brought several new additions to the Cougar lineup.
A convertible model was now available in either
standard and XR-7 trim.
These highly anticipated soft tops proved quite popular
and today are considered, by many,
among the most desirable of the '67-'70 production run.
On the exterior, the grille switched from vertical bars
to horizontal bars.
A new performance package appeared and
The 290 hp (216 kW) 351 Windsor V8 was added
to the engine lineup.
It also featured a blacked-out grille,
and a more performance-tuned suspension and
It came in a variety of vibrant colors like White,
Bright Blue Metallic, Competition Orange, and Bright Yellow.
Only two Cougars came with the Boss 429 V8, making them
the rarest Cougars ever built.
Both were factory drag cars built for
"Fast Eddie" Schartman & "Dyno" Don Nicholson.
Given all that, it should be no surprise that
the bright yellow paint on this car is spectacular.
Panel gaps are excellent, there's 100% steel in the body.
The saddle tan convertible top is virtually new.
The heart of a car like this is the engine,
and this first year available in the Cougar 351W 2v has
proven time and time again to be an extremely durable
source of power.
Producing 290 horses from the factory,
it feeds power through the FMX automatic transmission
and puts it down via a 9" Ford rear with 3.00 gears.
Power steering and power front disc brakes make driving
I think Mercury was really hitting on all 8 cylinders
in the late '60s in terms of interior design.
While the engine's horsepower is relatively modest
compared to some earlier muscle cars,
there's no disputing the beauty of this car's interior.
Those freshly restored saddle buckets are
every bit as comfortable as they look.
The dashboard features an engine-turned fascia
that harkens back to the '30s when all the hottest cars
featured this beautifully made finish on their instrument panels.
This dash houses a pack of freshly restored gauges
that make up a comprehensive package of information,
along with the climate controls and AM/FM CD player radio.
Overhead there's that new canopy, new carpets and
mats are under your feet, and the door panels are
excellent units that show Mercury's new luxury orientation
for the 1969 Cougar.
You know just by looking that all the little pieces are correct
and freshly restored from the door handles to the
steering wheel to the hide away headlights.
If your definition of restoration means a highly accurate,
beautifully presented, meticulously crafted car,
well, here's your car.
This vehicle is located in our Charlotte, NC showroom.
For more information, please call 704-598-2130 or
toll free 866-542-8392.
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