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This is a decidedly non-Double Nickel car…

1967 Mercury Cougar. Photo by User:Morven at t...
1967 Mercury Cougar. Photo by User:Morven at the weekly Donut Derelicts car show early Saturday mornings in Huntington Beach, California on July 17, 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love muscle cars, especially obscure muscle cars. Limited production, high-performance options are really cool. The people that bought them originally had to be in the know… some weren’t even known by some of the dealers. It is the same today as it was in the 1960s. I have wandered into dealerships and asked about performance packages that the sales staff were unaware of… ACR Neons, Camaro 1LEs, etc.

Back in 1967, Mercury introduced us to the Cougar. It was basically a slightly upmarket Mustang… and shared many components. And while everyone is familiar with most of the Mustang variants, the Cougar has escaped notice… particularly the XR-7G.

The G stood for Dan Gurney, a road racer campaigning Cougars in the late 1960s. The Gs had a better suspension, hood scoop, fog lights and hood pins. It could be had with a 289/302, 390 or 428. Only 14 of the Gs were built with a 428.

I had a 1968 Cougar with a 289… unfortunately not a G. Also, while looking for information about the XR-7Gs, I came across an even rarer option, the XR-7 GT-E… which had either the 427 or 428 engine (depending on production date).

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