Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ed's New Ride: a Beautiful 1968 Cougar

Some photos attached. Will have it shipped from Saint Louis via closed transport once paperwork and wire transfer are completed late next week.  As I may have told you, when I was a senior in college in 1968 I had a photo of this exact car, white wit Oxford black top, in my dorm room.  When others dreamed of a GTO, Roadrunner, or Barracuda, yours truly was dreaming of a classic Cougar.  Now nearly 50 years later the dream has come true.  Truly with a little tweaking this car could be show quality especially given that it had an $8,000 Windsor white paint job with clear coat only a year ago.

Gateway Classic Cars is proud to offer a beautiful 1968 Mercury Cougar. When the Cougar was introduced in '67 it was based on the first generation Mustang but utilized all new sheet metal and a 3" longer wheelbase. 

Offered in a coupe only at first, the car featured a unique grille with covered headlights, and the rear featured large sequential taillights that mimicked those from the Thunderbird. The vehicle had a handsome look and made for a popular seller for Ford's Mercury branch. This particular 1968 model is in beautiful restored condition with a stock and original appearance. 

The Cougar body was bead blasted completely and professionally painted in a beautiful glossy white. It features a Oxford black vinyl top which looks great against the fresh paint. Under the hood you'll find a 302 CID V8 which was professionally rebuilt about 1,000 miles ago. The C6 automatic transmission was professionally rebuilt at the same time which makes for a wonderful drive train. 

The interior is new as well and done by the same shop as the beautiful vinyl top. The black vinyl interior features bucket front seats and round face gauges which give a sporty feel. You won't find a cut up dash to fit stereos and A/C vents, this one was kept just the way it would have come from the factory and includes the correct AM radio. 

The car feels tight going down the road and really makes a great cruiser. What makes it a really nice car is all the little things you won't have to worry about in the future. To give just the short list, the car has just received new: Radiator, hoses, alternator, battery, starter, coil, carburetor rebuild,  new gas tank, sending unit, fuel lines, new front and rear bumpers, shocks, and rebuilt brakes to spec. 

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