1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator 428 Cobra Jet
The Mercury Cougar 1st appeared in 1967 as a sport-luxury vehicle. In its first year it was named Motor Trend “Car of the Year”.
In 1969 Mercury dropped the Mercury GT and introduced the Eliminator package. This occurred on May 8, 1969. The Eliminator option gave the Cougar not only the graphics, etc., but also the horsepower to complete with the rest of the Pony cars of the day.
Like the Pontiac GTO initially the Eliminator was not a difficult model, but it was an option package you could choose. The option package included front and rear spoilers, a blacked out grille, argent-style steel wheels with F70 x 14 Goodyear tires, a functional hood scoop on the “R” Code cars such as this one. It also came with a driver’s side color keyed rear view mirror and a twin side stripe with an Eliminator decal just behind the door.
In the interior, the Eliminator was equipped with the high back buckets and the dash had a tach and a rally clock. Also, don’t forget the horizontal row of cool looking switches right above the factory A/C vent.
Mechanically, all Eliminators had dual exhaust, power front disc brakes and competition suspension. Only four colors were possible; Bright yellow, Competition Orange, White and Bright Blue Metallic.
Two versions of the famous Cobra-Jet were offered in 1969. Both cars came with a 4 BBL Holley, hydraulic lifters, 10:60:1 Compression. The horsepower was a very underrated 335 with torque of 440 pounds. The difference between the Q Code and the R Code was that the R code was a functional Ram Air set-up and the Q Code was not.
This particular Cougar was built in Dearborn which is Code F on April 17, 1969 and shipped to Jack Reed Lincoln-Mercury in Sherman, TX. It was one of only 304 Cougars with R Code and C-6 transmission. It was a very loaded up Cougar and even had a two page Window Sticker. Out of the 70 Cougar Eliminators built in 1969 with the 428 CJ motor and Competition Orange Paint, the Cougar #9F91R563012, is the only one built with factory A/C and power windows. This makes this car a very rare and desirable automobile with all collectors.
I have been told that this car has been stored in a climate controlled facility and still has about 90% of its original paint. The interior is also in original condition and is very nice indeed. I am also told that the engine, transmission and rear end are original and correct for the car.
The documentation that goes with this car is unbelievable. Please see the documentation at the end of the pictures.
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