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Q: Greg, I’m a big Mercury Cougar lover and I want to know which Cougar you feel is the most rare and why. Noodles and company workday And as for production, how many were built in my favorite years of 1969 and 1970 and which Cougar had the least number of orders? Thanks much for your answer if you use my question.

A: Lou, let’s start with some information on the Cougar and whittle it all down to the rarest of the rare. Noodles and company zona rosa I always look at the Cougar the same way I do the Dodge Challenger. Noodles and company monroeville pa Specifically, the Cougar came out in 1967 as a sibling to the Ford Mustang to allow Mercury dealers a vehicle to sell and cash in on Mustang’s popularity, which debuted in 1964.

Noodles & company catering As for the Challenger, it first appeared in 1970 on a slightly longer wheelbase than its brother, the Plymouth Barracuda, which had been selling quite well at Plymouth dealers since 1965.

The Cougar was available in many different states of dress from the heyday years of 1967 through 1970, from hardtop, convertible, XR-7, GT, GT-E, Dan Gurney Special and Eliminator brands. Noodles and company madison Of these, two are in my opinion most notable and the one many think is the most rare, i.e. Noodles n company hours the Dan Gurney Special XR-7, is not.

Let me explain. Noodles hours Although the Dan Gurney XR-7 is indeed a great and rare Cougar, a total of 32,492 were delivered over during the two years it was available in 1967 and 1968. Xian noodles menu Now before I receive a bunch of letters from irate Cougar Dan Gurney fans, I agree that it is a rare Cougar. Noodles and company waukesha But it is nowhere near as rare as the two models that follow in this answer.

The 1967 and 1968 Cougar GT is even rarer, as just 11,959 units were built those years. Noodles and company schaumburg These Cougar GTs came with powerful 390-V8 engines under the hood and we’re good looking cars. Noodles and company breach However, the most rare is the 1968 GT-E version, where either a 427, 390 horse V8 or a 428 Cobra Jet 335 horse engine sat in waiting. About noodles and company Only 264 of the GT-E models were ever delivered, most with the 427 although no official records exist as to the powerplants.

So, with this knowledge and the fact that the 1967-1968 GT and the 1968 high-performance GT-E account for just 12,223 Cougars ever built, these cars rate an extremely rare nod when making this comparison. Noodles and company lone tree But because I feel the GT-E is part of the GT Cougar universe, I don’t consider it a standalone and classify it like I do an L88 Corvette. Noodles and company nutrition Granted, it’s worth lots of money, but it is part of the GT family.

Now on to the Cougar I feel deserves the “Top Rare Cougar” award, explicitly the 1969 and 1970 Cougar Eliminator. Menu at noodles and company This “Eliminator” nomenclature originated from the success of the late “Dyno” Don Nicholson’s first ever flip top funny cars dubbed “Eliminator” that debuting during the 1966 drag racing season first with a Comet body and then with the Cougar bodies. Noodles of the world locations These 1969 and 1970 factory Eliminators came with much of the exterior cues that made the Dan Gurney XR-7 so good looking, although this time with Eliminator badges, striping, ram-air hoods, spoilers and other trademarks in one of only four colors, blue, white, yellow or orange.

Under the hood of the 1969 Cougar Eliminator sat one of several engines available. Noodles and company rochester Standard was the 290-horse 351-V8 Windsor with a wedge cylinder head design. Noodles and company frankfort Optional was a GT bred 390-V8, 428Cobra Jet or the Boss 302 (the latter to battle the Camaro Z-28). Noodles and company ames Notable is that two very special Cougar Eliminators were built for drag racing only powered by the Boss 429 Hemi V8 for the aforementioned “Dyno” Don and his arch drag racing nemesis and fellow Mercury team driver “Fast Eddie” Schartman.

Then in 1970, the Cougar Eliminator featured as standard the new 351-V8 Cleveland engine, featuring large cylinder heads that were very similar to big-block Chevy canted valve designs and rated at just 300-horsepower. Noodles and company orem The 390 engine disappeared in 1970 on the Eliminator line, while the Boss 302 and 428Cobra Jet continued as options. Www noodles The Eliminator also received new stripes and more colors.

In ending, the total production of Cougars in 1969 and 1970 were 172,412 units. Noodles and company bangkok curry As for the Eliminators these years just 2,411 1969 Eliminators and 2,200 1970 Eliminators were ever built.

Bottom line? If you have a 1969 or 1970 Cougar Eliminator in your garage, regardless of engine, you are sitting on a very rare Mercury. Noodles and company loveland Also, if you are one of the lucky GT and GT-E owners, ditto for you, too.

— Greg Zyla writes weekly for More Content Now and other Gatehouse Media properties. Menu noodles and company He welcomes reader questions and input on auto nostalgia, collector cars and old time racing at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, Pa. Noodles and company tulsa 18840 or email at