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The 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 Had Power to Go Along With Comfort

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From CRO Member Scott Zeller

In our second installment this week of June 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 presented by nominee Scott Zeller. Here is some general information about the vehicle.

Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for June’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.

Essentially a more luxurious version of the iconic Ford Mustang, the 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 was more than just a comfortable cruiser. It had the potential to leave competitors left in a cloud of tire smoke. Here is an overview of this humble powerhouse.


Sleeper Performance

Although the 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 wasn’t known for its racing pedigree, it was still a brutally powerful street machine. If you wanted to truly surprise an overconfident competitor, the brawny 428 Cobra Jet engine would do the trick. The desirable V-8 engine pushed out an intimidating 335 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with the optional Ram-Air induction system, the Cougar XR7 needed only 6.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. It also managed to record a competitive quarter-mile time of 15 seconds flat. While the 4-speed manual version was the quickest option, its automatic counterpart sacrificed very little performance.


Upscale Styling

It was clear that the 1969 Cougar XR7 was a close relative to the Ford Mustang. However, the Cougar XR7 had a more low-key appearance. A long hood and hardtop roof highlighted the car’s elegant design. Styling cues such as the electric shaver grille gave the Cougar XJR a distinctive look. Meanwhile, the optional Ram Air hood scoop and rear spoiler let onlookers know that this was no ordinary coupe. Dual exhausts allowed the engine to quietly rumble at idle. Some of the most memorable paint colors include Competition Orange, Dark Orchid, and Bright Blue. On the inside, the Cougar XR7 packed more upscale features than the typical muscle car. Leather seats provided an extra touch of class.


The 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 Was a Luxury Coupe that Packed a Punch

For the drivers who wanted a fast car that didn’t compromise any luxury, the 1969 Cougar XJR was a superior choice. Whether you were watching a movie at the local drive-in theater or taking a long road trip, the upscale coupe always offered a high level of comfort. The Cougar XJR proved that drivers could have the best of both worlds.


Is it possible that the 1969 Mercury XR7 was actually a better overall car than the Mustang?


Please follow this link to see a list of all cars nominated for May’s Ride of the Month and to cast your vote.

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