Midway through the 1968 model year, Mercury introduced its
high-performance Cougar model, the GT-E. Limited to 394 units total
production, the GT-E was available in standard and XR-7 trim. Until
April of 1968, the GT-E could only be ordered with the de-tuned 427
engine and C6 automatic transmission. Ford then discontinued the
427 and replaced it with the 428 Cobra Jet, and 37 Ram Air 428 CJ
GT-Es were produced. Only now could the GT-E be ordered with the
close-ratio 4-speed Toploader. Only three such cars were produced
and only two are known to still exist. Just one was produced with
the 3.91 Traction-Lok differential and this is that car. Owned and
preserved by one Maine family its entire life, this car is an
unrestored survivor. Placed in storage in 1975 with just over
40,000 miles and brought out of storage in 2002. The original
owner's brother removed and kept almost every part, all of which
have been refurbished and placed back into service. The Cougar
features a full matching numbers drivetrain and every single
document since new, including the dealer buyer's orders and
invoices, owner warranty cards, special equipment parts list and
Build Sheets. The one-of-one XR-7 GT-E 428 Cobra Jet 4-speed
features its original parts that have been refurbished, decoded and
reinstalled. The body is unrestored with original patina.
Documented history since brand new. It is the only 3.91 XR-7 GT-E
produced and has 54,894 miles (the title reads mileage exempt). **
1968 Mercury Cougar
Exterior Color:AGUSTA GREEN
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