1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Tribute,H-code 351 CID Windsor V-8 engine,4 Speed
- Make: Mercury
- Model: Cougar
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: Eliminator Tribute
- Year: 1969
- Mileage: 62,112
- VIN: 9F93H554291
- Color: Burgandy
- Engine size: H-code 351 CID Windsor V-8 engine with four-bbl
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
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1969 Mercury Cougar1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Tribute Description
1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator TributeH-code 351 CID Windsor V-8 engine with four-bbl carburetor (290 hp) Wide-ratio four-speed manual transmission Equa-Lok limited-slip differential Desirable dark red with black leather/vinyl interior combination Hidden headlamps Sequential rear turn signals 16-inch American Racing eight-hole alloy wheels Pioneer AM/FM stereo with CD players and four speakers Hood scoop and rear wing spoiler
MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to present this handsome and rarely seen 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Tribute two-door hardtop with a H-code 351 Windsor and a four-speed! Overshadowed by its corporate cousin, the Ford Mustang, Cougars were an elegant yet muscular alternative, that gave any of the other pony cars all they could handle on or off the track!
This Cougar was built in Dearborn, Michigan on March 7, 1969 and delivered to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area as a XR-7 luxury model. At some point during its life, it was converted to an Eliminator tribute, with a Ram Air hood scoop, rear wing spoiler and Eliminator body graphics. This is an original A/C car but most of the components have been removed.
Done in a dark red metallic, the paint is in very good overall condition with some minor blemishes visible only on close inspection and overall, the body panels are straight. Front and rear bumpers have a very good finish that shows well. All trim pieces are present and have a brilliant finish with little hazing and or dents that we could see. The vehicle lights are intact and clear and the American Racing eight-hole alloy wheels are in very good shape and snug within Lionhart LH-002 225/55ZR16 tires. We do not have the original wheels.
Inside, the rich black leather and vinyl seats (code 6A) all look great with some signs of wear visible. Excellent matching carpet throughout the interior. There are some normal wear spots typical for a vehicle of this age but overall the genuine interior looks great. The horn and emergency brake are inoperable but the door panels and dashboard are matched with the exterior of the car and look fantastic, including the Autogage tachometer, Hurst shift lever and ancillary temperature and oil pressure gauges located at the driver’s right knee. The headliner mirrors the rest of the cabin and completes the theme. A few interior trim pieces are loose but the original steering wheel and the optional sport center console are in great condition. Car features a Pioneer AM/FM stereo with CD player and four speakers.
The introduction of the Cougar finally gave Mercury its own “pony car.” Slotted in performance between the Ford Mustang and the Ford Thunderbird, Cougar was the icon for Mercury in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was available in two models, base and XR-7, and only in one body style, a two-door hardtop with no center or B-pillar.
The third year of production, 1969, brought several new additions to the Cougar lineup. A convertible model was available in either standard and XR-7 trim. The grille switched from vertical bars to horizontal bars. Taillights still spanned the entire rear of the car and retained vertical chrome dividers but were now concave rather than convex. Body sides featured a prominent line that swept downward from the nose to just ahead of the rear wheel wells. The new standard Cougar engine was a 250-horsepower 351 Windsor. A 290 horsepower 351 Windsor V-8 was also added to the engine lineup.
In 1969, the Eliminator performance package appeared for the first time with the name borrowed from a show car and a funny car driving by “Dyno” Don Nicholson. A 351 CID four-barrel Windsor V8 was standard, with the 390 CID four-barrel V-8, the 428 Cobra Jet and the Boss 302 available as options. The Eliminator also featured a blacked-out grille, special side stripes, front and rear spoilers, an optional Ram Air induction system, a full gauge package including tachometer, upgraded “Décor” interior trim, special high-back bucket seats, rally wheels, raised white letter tires and a performance-tuned suspension and handling package. It also came in vibrant colors, such as white, bright blue metallic, competition orange and bright yellow. Only two Cougars were produced with the Boss 429 V-8 as factory drag cars for “Fast Eddie” Schartman and “Dyno” Nicholson.
Cougars have long been a rare desirable collectible for its forward thinking, Euro-influenced design and performance! GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
Current mileage on the odometer shows 62,112 miles. It is sold as is where is on a mileage exempt, clean and clear Arkansas title.
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