Pick of the Day: 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 GT-E, rare performance edition

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One of the most sought-after 1968 Mercury Cougar models is the XR7 GT-E edition with the 427cid (7.0-liter) V8 factory-rated at 390 horsepower, and the Super-Competition Handling package.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 coupe finished in Augusta Green with “original numbers-matching correct W Code 427 4V and C-6 Select-Shift Merc-O-Matic transmission,” according to the North Liberty, Indiana, private seller advertising the muscle car on ClassicCars.com.

1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 GT-E, rare performance edition

“In 1968, the only Ford product available with the 427 engine was the GT-E Mercury Cougar,” the seller says. “Only 256 W Code 427 GT-E Cougars were made, making it in a unique and highly sought-after variant of the Cougar.

“Of these 256 W Code GT-E’s, considering other original options of this car, there were 43 painted Augusta Green, 4 were equipped with front seat headrests and only one car with rear seat shoulder harnesses. This is that car!”

1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 GT-E, rare performance edition
1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 GT-E, rare performance edition

The seller also notes that this Cougar had a frame-up restoration in 2010 and features period-correct Firestone Wide Oval radial tires, a black vinyl roof, original tinted glass, black leather bucket seats, power steering and power disc brakes.

According to the seller, this authentic GT-E is “registered with the Cougar National Database and the Cougar GT-E registry,” documented with its window sticker and Deluxe Marti Report, and shows 76,351 miles on the odometer.

The asking price for this special-edition performance XR7 GT-E is $159,900.

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