Cougar Eliminator

1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Boss 302

Offered by Mecum | Indianapolis, Indiana | July 17, 2020

Photo – Mecum

The Cougar was Lincoln-Mercury’s version of the Mustang, and it went on sale in 1967. It was restyled in 1969 to coincide with Ford’s Mustang update, and the ’69 and ’70 Cougars are probably the best of the breed.

Offered in those two years only was the Eliminator, which was the performance-oriented model. It was essentially Mercury‘s version of the Mustang Mach 1, and it came with an upgraded suspension, a front air dam, a rear spoiler, black body trim, and stripes. You could only get it as a hardtop, and any Cougar engine was available, in addition to the Mustang’s Boss 302 motor.

Which is what this car has. The 4.9-liter V8 was rated at 290 horsepower. Only 2,200 Eliminators were built in 1970, and only 323 were produced with the Boss 302 and a four-speed manual transmission. This car is finished in Bright Blue Metallic, one of four colors available on the Eliminator. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $115,000-$130,000, and you can read more about it here. See more from Mecum in Indy here.

Update: Sold $104,500.

Yellow Cougar Convertible

1973 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible

Offered by Russo & Steele | Scottsdale, Arizona | January 18-22, 2012

The second generation Mercury Cougar was in production from 1971-1973. 1973 was the final year for the Mustang-based Cougar as well as the final year for the convertible Cougar.

This particular example is a heavily-optioned XR7 (the luxury trim) with the GT hood scoop and the 351 Cobra Jet engine making 264 horsepower for 1973 (down 2 ponies from 1972). 1973 production was 60,628 and the 351 CJ made up only a small fraction of that number – the convertible XR7 even less.

Our pre-sale guesstimate is somewhere around $35,000-$40,000 (I mean, that’s a good looking car). More info on it can be found here and more about Russo & Steele in Scottsdale here.

Update: Sold $17,600.