MER­CURY COUGAR ELIM­I­NA­TOR

JUNE 2009

Unique Cars - - ONES THAT GOT AWAY -

Mer­cury got the idea of sell­ing a car with links to drag-rac­ing cul­ture af­ter ‘Dyno’ Don Ni­chol­son took his Cougar to quar­ter-mile im­mor­tal­ity in 1968. Mer­cury of­fered its lim­ited-edi­tion Elim­i­na­tor in four colours and with three en­gine op­tions. They in­cluded the ‘Boss 302’ made fa­mous in Mus­tangs but which also made the Cougar el­i­gi­ble for Trans Am rac­ing. This one uses the more com­mon ‘Boss 351’ with four-speed trans­mis­sion and per­for­mance to match our XY Fal­con GT. But look at the price. Own­ing a scarce Cougar even in to­day’s mar­ket will cost half the price of a good XY.

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