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  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Mercury
  • Model: Cougar
  • SubModel: XR7
  • Type: Convertible
  • Doors: 5
  • Year: 1973
  • Mileage: 46,198
  • VIN: 3F94H523629
  • Color: Other
  • Engine size: 351 Cleveland V8
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Other
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1973 Mercury Cougar

I don't care what you say, the '70s are cool, and this 1973 Mercury Cougar XR7 convertible totally rocks the disco decade. With a very attractive color combination, a 351 Cleveland V8, and the usual Mercury luxury touches, it's once again the grown-up's alternative to the Mustang.The fact that the Mercury was the Mustang's more mature cousin doesn't mean dull, and you can tell at a glance that this XR7 wants to party. There's a big hood scoop, a rear wing, and a rumbling dual exhaust, not to mention those chrome wheels, all of which add up to a car that's got no problems handing out beatings on Friday night. The color is called Medium Chestnut Metallic, continuing Ford's tradition of ultra-lame color names but totally getting the coppery hue exactly right. It's been repainted, but it was a while ago, so the finish has a vintage look that could almost pass for original. There's no evidence that it's ever been hit or rusty and by adding the strip of satin black paint along the rocker panels, the car looks long and sleek. There's a nice shine to the paint and with a gold pinstripe running the length of the bodywork, it highlights the more dramatic shape. The gothic grille and heavy chrome bumpers are part of the 1970s appeal and those taillights are instantly recognizable a mile away (literally!).The Medium Ginger interior is the perfect complement to the bronze bodywork and we like it a lot more than plain old white or black. High-back buckets look more luxurious and upscale than those found in the Mustang and the door panels are deeply sculpted for a very cockpit-oriented feel once you're inside. A modern wood-rimmed wheel is the only notable deviation from stock and it's welcome here. Plush carpets and a nice dash pad suggest this car has always led an easy life and if you've driven a Mustang, at least the gauges will seem familiar including the factory tach! A modern AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo takes the place of the original stereo and it powers a set of speakers in the doors and rear side panels. Other options include power windows and locks, a center console, and a snug-fitting tan power convertible top with glass rear window. There's also a good-sized trunk with the original mat and a full-sized spare tire with cover.The 351 cubic inch "Cleveland" V8 was the top motor in the Cougar in 1973 and it's been modestly upgraded from the original spec. Under that triangular air cleaner you'll find a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, and a Mallory distributor, all of which give this small block a big shot of performance. The engine bay is also nicely detailed with Ford Blue engine enamel, a few choice chrome parts, and bright red ignition components to tie it all together. You'll also find power steering and brakes, plus a giant radiator to keep it cool. A C4 3-speed automatic transmission snaps off clean gear changes and the dual exhaust system uses Flowmaster mufflers and a set of cut-outs to deliver a muscular sound that's a great warning to other motorists. It's clean and solid underneath and those big chrome Cragar mags look awesome with 245/60/15 front and 255/60/15 rear BFG rubber.An unusual car that delivers plenty of performance and a bit of unique style, all at a very reasonable price. Add in the perfect period color combination and you'll be ready to step back in time. Call today!