Rare 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E XR7 with Cobra Jet V8 Now Worth 2022 Porsche 911 Money
If you’re a Mercury Cougar fan, we’ve just found another example from the late 60s to make your mouth water. It is a 1968 XR7 model with the GT-E option package and a Cobra Jet V8 428 ci engine, which is mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
The exterior is finished in Augusta Green Metallic and comes with features such as silver lower panels, tinted glass, concealed headlights, electrically retractable radio antenna, 7.0 liter GT-E badges, chrome wheels and a functional fiberglass hood scoop. As a GT-E model, this car already came with standard power steering, front disc brakes and the Super Competition handling package.
The seller says this is one of 394 examples featuring the GT-E package, as well as the only XR-7 model with such a factory specification – this includes the Cobra Jet V8 manual transmission combo / 4-speed, which is also joined by a Traction-Lok 3.90: 1 differential.
Inside, the car comes with Saddle leather low-back front seats and rear bench, matching headlining, black carpets, Philco AM radio, reading lights, Cougar logos on the carpets. rubber floor and an original steering wheel.
In terms of performance, the 428 ci (7.0L) V8 was factory rated at 335 hp and comes with a four-barrel carburetor that has an air filter housing that operates with the opening of the shovel when the hood is closed.
In the end, it wasn’t the most powerful version of the first-gen Mercury Cougar, but it came close behind. At the time, the manufacturer also offered a 390 hp 427 ci V8 engine, which only worked with a three-speed automatic transmission.