This magnificent Mercury Cougar Eliminator “Boss” is one of only 2,268 Eliminators built in 1970. It’s one of only 469 equipped with the Boss 302 V8 engine and one of only 323 equipped with the 4-speed close ratio manual transmission. This car was added to the Mercury Cougar Eliminator Registry in August of 1988. It has been with the last owner since 2003. It was the product of a four year rotisserie restoration which was completed in 2008. It was correctly restored to show quality condition throughout. It’s won over 30 prestigious awards which are listed below and included. It was also featured in multiple magazines and on Power Nation T.V. The magazines and DVD are included.
As documented on the Marti Auto Works Deluxe Report it was ordered on July 14th, 1969 by Forrest Gate Ford located in Chattanooga, TN. It was actually built on September 24th, 1969 and released on September 29th, 1969. The dealer ordered the car as a stock-dealer demonstrator. As the VIN number indicates it was built in Dearborn, MI as a 1970 Cougar with a 302 -4V Boss engine. As the trim tag indicates it was built in September of 1969 as a Cougar hardtop. It was painted Competition Orange with Black Clarion Knit Décor bucket seats. It was equipped with a four-speed close ratio manual transmission and 3.91 traction-Lok axle ratio. This car was ordered with the following options: Eliminator Package, Four-speed close ratio manual transmission, higher ratio axle, traction-lok differential, courtesy lights, F70x14 belted tires with raised White letters, console, power front disc brakes, power steering, AM/8-Track stereo Radio, intermittent windshield wipers, décor group, tinted glass, protection group and heavy duty battery. The Marti Auto Works Deluxe Report is included. It also has the original Ford Invoice which is better known as the “Lois Eminger Report”. This is also included.
The exterior of this car is truly amazing in every sense of the word. It’s at a very high level of quality and presents magnificently. The exterior design of this car has a very unique and sporty look. The body is extremely straight with great gap lines throughout. The doors open and close very nicely. The car was finished in its original color of Competition Orange Paint, Ford #1730-A. This is a beautiful color that fits this car well. The dual sport mirrors are painted body color and look sporty. The Orange paint is complemented with black accents that include the hood scoop, hood center stripe, front spoiler, side stripe and spoiler stripe. Black Eliminator decals are on the rear quarters and rear spoiler. All of the stamped glass is in great condition. Everything on the exterior has been restored or replaced such as the window trim, wipers, door handles, front bumper, rear bumper and emblems. The famous Cougar hideaway front headlights and rear taillights are easily recognizable. The car sits on the correct mag wheels with chrome trim ring. The wheels are wrapped with the correct Firestone Wide Oval Super Sport F70-14 tires. The “Bosscat” front license plate says it all.
The rich looking interior is in beautiful condition and reflective of the exterior condition. It was restored in the correct Black Clarion Knit Décor with bucket seats. Everything was restored or replaced such as the headliner, sun visors, rear view mirror, dash pad, dash, dash hardware, gauges, steering wheel, door panels, console, seats, seat belts and carpeting. It has Cougar rubber floor mats. Everything in the interior is in working order including the clock. A custom Autosound stereo system with remote control is concealed in the glovebox. The painted trunk compartment has also been restored and presents beautifully. It has a matching spare wheel with tire, tools and trunk mat.
The engine compartment is highly detailed throughout with many correct parts. The engine compartment was painted Black and decorated with factory stickers. The car is powered by a correct 1970 Boss 302/290HP V8. This engine runs and performs beautifully. During the rebuild of this engine it was bored .040 over and some upgrades were made for improved performance. Some of the upgrades include Diamond Racing piston and rings, Holman and Moody solid lifter cam, stainless roller rockers and Molly pushrods. The heads have hardened seats for unleaded fuel, bronze guides and 3-angle valve job. It runs great on high octane pump gas. The factory Holley 780 carburetor was rebuilt by Holley. It’s equipped with a Pertronix electric ignition for easy starting. The valve covers were polished for better appearance. The engine is cooled by the factory radiator with electric fan that was added to prevent overheating. The engine breathes through factory manifolds and exhaust system. The exhaust system was Jet-Hot ceramic coated for durability and appearance. The engine is coupled to a close ratio 4-speed manual transmission that was rebuilt by well-respected Dan Williams. It’s equipped with a Hurst shifter with operates very nicely. The 3.91 Traction-Lok rear axle has been rebuilt and puts the power to the pavement. It’s equipped with power steering that makes maneuvering a breeze.
The undercarriage is also highly detailed throughout with many correct parts. The undercarriage is definitely lighted mirror quality for a car show. The undercarriage was painted Black and some of the parts were treated to factory paint marks. Everything was restored or replaced such as the gas tank, suspension system and braking system.
From the research gathered there are less than two hundred 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminators left in existence. This is one of best restored Mercury Cougar Eliminators without a doubt making it highly collectible. Restoring one of these cars is much more time consuming and expensive because many of the parts aren’t accessible or reproduced. This car is the real deal and truly a Blue Chip investment.