We are often contacted by individuals wanting assistance in locating or selling very rare cars. We also obtain a great deal of our knowledge about these cars from our readers. It is next to impossible to be an expert or even knowledgeable on all the various collector cars. Each of us tends to have a specialty and when we step out of our comfort zone it is nice to know someone who is an expert in that area.
Although I do not consider myself an expert in Cougars, I do have some knowledge about the 68-71 models. Over the past few weeks I have been contacted by two individuals with totally different rare Mercury Cougars. Since one of the Cougars is closely related to one of the cars we have been researching on this site for sometime we have decided to bring it to your attention and see if anyone here can help.
The car is a 1968 Mercury Cougar GT 500. As far as we have determined so far this car is quite similar in construction and intent to the 68 Cyclone GT 500. We, and others have done a lot of research on the Cyclone GT 500s and a few examples have been documented and found. There has always been a rumor around the Cyclone GT 500s that a similar Cougar program was undertaken at the same time. To find out more about the Cyclone GT 500 you can go to our GT 500 page.
At the request of the owner of the car in question I must not release any information that would hint on its location or VIN. What I can tell you is that it is a rather plain 68 Cougar, Polar White with a 428 CJ Ram Air, PS and automatic transmission.
This car also has the GT 500 option per the emblems on the side and documented by a Marti Report. The most strange part is that the Marti Report states that it has the Cougar 500 option as well as the Cyclone GT 500 option! How can that be? We have seen Cyclones with the Cyclone 500 option and others with the Cyclone GT 500 option. However, how can a Cougar have a Cyclone GT 500 option?
Does anyone out there have more information on the 1968 Cougar GT 500 or the Cyclone GT 500 or any similar specialty Ford product related to NASCAR? If so contact me at Mailto:email@example.com
I can not release any information on the other rare Cougar at this time but I can tell you it is a 71 Convertible and we will have that story later.
About the Author: I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California. The time there was very rewarding but the urge for a slower pace moved us to Tennessee a few years ago and we love it. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle. As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. When they don't we are usually out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.