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Old 04-07-2007, 08:08 PM
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Say hello to my new baby. She's a 1974 Mercury Cougar XR7, and is simply incredible. I first saw the ad on March 14, but I didn't want to say anything here until the deal was done. I just picked her up today, and drove her to Charlottesville from Martinsville, VA (a roughly three hour drive).

I've wanted one of these Cougars for years, and when this one came up for sale in Virginia, I pounced. When I began to see all the options and nice features she had, I knew I could not let this oppurtunity pass me by. She spent the first 25 or so years of her life in California, and is completely rust-free. Underhood is Ford's 400 cubic inch V-8, which is a step above the standard 351 Windsor. The interior has bucket seats and leather upholstery (a vinyl bench seat was standard). She also has a rear window defroster (apparently a rare option), AM/FM stereo with 8-track player (I don't own any 8-tracks (yet), but it's a great period accessory), and several other luxury options. There's even a car cover in the trunk that he threw in as part of the deal. She only has 158,000 miles, which isn't bad considering she's 33 years old, and the engine and transmission were rebuilt several years ago, and only have 40,000 or so miles. The seller was only asking $3250 for her, which struck me as an incredibly good price. Better yet, he accepted our offer of $3000 even.

The biggest problem is that the paint isn't perfect; there are a few pits and scratches (the color looks much better in person than in the pictures; it's called "saddle bronze metallic," and is a really nice caramel-like color). Also, the door mounted rearview mirrors are too small to be of much use, and it cost $59 to fill up the gas tank today.

The ride is incredibly smooth, and the steady thrum of the V-8 is music to my ears.

The pictures below were taken by the seller. Expect more information soon, and I can guarantee I'll have larger and better pictures up soon, and an Egg-Nog test .
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:10 PM
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that's awesome, looks like a great cruiser
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:11 PM
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Nice car man
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:14 PM
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no joke, my friend has a different year but the same color, he loves the model. i might have pictures monday. im sure it sounds good because this one does
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:14 PM
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TANK!

I like it, even thought it is a Ford. Smoke the tires yet?
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:15 PM
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are you joking? maybe its just me, but i wouldnt smoke that thing until its dying day
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:21 PM
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TANK!

I like it, even thought it is a Ford. Smoke the tires yet?
Right down to the rims, d00d!

But speaking of smoking, she did come with a full ashtray.
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Old 04-07-2007, 09:08 PM
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wow, congrats man, that must have been a fun 3 hour drive.
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Old 04-07-2007, 09:45 PM
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now twin turbo it and change the chassis and make it like a tornado!
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Old 04-07-2007, 11:54 PM
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Interesting, badda didn't suggest you to drop in a LS7!

Beautiful car in an incredibly good condition! I hope you have fun with it and are not too worried about the ever increasing gas prices. I love the color by the way, my grandfather had a Buick Riviera with a similar looking one, looked great under heavy sunshine!
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Old 04-08-2007, 02:49 AM
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Oh crikey, that is a beast!

Have you got rid of the emissions crap? If not, you should. Just because.

Nice buy, glad you got your dream car, Tim.
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Old 04-08-2007, 03:25 AM
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Looks really nice and clean, although i'd personally prefer one of the earlier models.
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:25 AM
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That looks very good indeed. Enjoy it, Tim.

By the way, what kind of power does it have?
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:49 AM
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Looks really nice and clean, although i'd personally prefer one of the earlier models.
Same- the '67 with the Remington shaver grille...
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