Monday, August 11, 2014

15k: Restomod Classic: 1970 Mercury Cougar

The first generation Mercury Cougar was a pony car that slotted between the Mustang and the Thunderbird in Ford's lineup.  The Cougar was built on the Mustang platform, but it could be optioned with a fairly potent lineup of V8 engines.  Today's example might not have started off as a 428 cobrajet  powered monster, but it has been restored and modified into a beast.  Find this 1970 Mercury Cougar Restomod offered for $15,000 in Charlotte, NC via craigslist.

This Cougar has been given a serious restoration and modification to the tune of $25k according to the seller.  It looks great in the photographs, but the difference between an amateur restoration and well done profession job can be huge in a classic restomod -- this sort of car requires an in person inspection.

Under the hood is a 351W V8, good for something in the 350 horsepower range given the sellers specs.  The AOD 4-speed automatic transmission mated to a 4.11 spool rear end should make for some fantastic drag slip times, but could be a problem for any freeway driving.

Who are these dudes in the picture...I swear they look familiar. See a better restomuscle for less?


  1. Cool restomod and it gets bonus points now for being born of an orphaned brand.

  2. The dude on the right- looks like Lou Santiago-"MuscleCar" TV Show fame..and he was in Kannapolis NC (just north of Charlotte) at a Cruise in-

    Do I get a prize???

    1. Nope. This is the guy from Duck Dynasty talking to Vladimir Putin (who, per KGB protocol has let his hair grow out for "disguise" while in the field). In fact, I have it on good authority that "Vlad" is totally crazy for classic "American muscle" and has made several trips to NASCAR country in search of the best examples.

    2. Hmmm..,,,so the disguise made Putin a foot and ½ taller

    3. Elevator shoes. Right out of spy craft 101. Simple, but effective. Fooled you, didn't it?


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