Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Thirtieth Anniversary:1997 Mercury Cougar XR7

The 30th anniversary gift for a wife is supposed to be diamonds or pearls, but I think that is a total load of DeBeers funded hooey -- and anybody who really loves (and is still married to) his cougar after three decades would get her a Mercury. Find this 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7 offered for $1,750 Ft Myers, FL craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

The seventh and final generation of the rear-drive Mercury Cougar was built from 1989 through 1997 on the Ford MN12 platform shared with the Thunderbird and Mark VIII (I say final because that abysmal Ford Mondeo front-drive hatch was a total embarrassment to the Mercury brand...which was arguably hard to do).  

For the 1997 model year Mercury introduced a 30th Anniversary edition which added a few badges to several available trim models.  This one has the 4.6 liter SOHC V8 that pushes 205 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque into a 4-speed auto.  Read more about these special Cougars on the aerocats website.

See another rare oddball? tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. Why was the Mercury variant of any given FoMoCo product almost ALWAYS less attractive?

    Can anybody nominate Mercurys that you think looked better than the Ford on which they were based?

    1. @FTB - that was the first one that came to my mind also!

  2. Mustang-based Mercury Capri. Imho.

    1. If you really like the Fox-Capri, I am helping someone to sell a very nice one. Let me know if you would you like info.

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