Thursday, March 28, 2019

Midnight Chamois Edition: 1978 Mercury Cougar XR7

I hate the idea of buying a 70s land barge American car and then putting a bunch of time/money into restoring it...because they drive terribly can look odd...but getting a 70s land barge that looks awesome AND is in fantastic shape has serious appeal.  Let's just hope the reserve on this "Midnight Chamois" (whatever that means) edition isn't set to crazy high levels. Find this 1978 Mercury Cougar XR7 here on eBay bidding for $9,100 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Dallas, TX.



From the seller:

Wow,,, Incredible 1978 Mercury Cougar XR7 "Midnight Chamois" edition.


45,064 actual miles. Built February 16, 1978. The original owner purchased it off the showroom floor at Northeast Lincoln Mercury in Hurst, Texas because it "knocked her socks off!" Lovingly cared for, garaged and used on special occasions ever since. Still has the original Texas title dated 03/16/78. 


SEE VIDEO TOUR & ROAD TEST OF THIS VERY AUTOMOBILE BELOW

 78 Cougar XR7 Midnight Chamois Tour & Test Drive VIDEO Video will open in a new window

VIDEO ABOVE, SEE THIS VERY CAR IN ACTION

From the sales brochure: (it is necessary to keep this in the car at all times to settle disputes regarding the fact that the interior has not been customized!)



...... XR7 is the luxurious and exciting extension of the spirited and untamed Cougar personality. The Midnight Chamois Decor Option is pure poetry in motion, with its unique half vinyl roof with cross-over strap, the added distinction of padded  "Continental" type rear deck, deep, supportive bucket seats of midnight blue with chamois colored inserts, vinyl side facings and formed bright buckles. A striking motif complimented by the convenient console and plush Tiffany carpeting. 
  Car is all original with the exception of an incredible repaint at some time - actually looks better than factory in my opinion; there is absolutely no overspray anywhere. Body panels match up perfectly. Chrome glistens, glass is all the original Carlite stamped; windshield has no wiper scratches or rock chips. There is no sun damage to the dash, vinyl top, package tray. Crisp display panel surfaces, no cracks/wear on seats or armrests, no stains or odors. Weatherstripping is soft and supple.
   No rust, of course, as the car has spent its entire life in North Texas. 

Outstanding 351 engine compartment: the plug wires are date coded 1978, even the battery cables are original. Always starts right up, choke engages properly. Air conditioning looks to have been converted to the newer freon at some time. New Cooper raised white letter tires from Summit Racing on the factory Styled Road Wheels. Everything on the car functions properly. Rides and handles excellent - no mysterious shakes, shimmies, rattles; tracks true and straight. Be sure to watch the drive video.


  Marti Report documenting accessories such as: Power Windows & Door Locks, Tilt Wheel, Cruise Control, Air Conditioning, 6-way Power Seat, AM-FM, Deluxe Seat Belts, Illuminated Entry System, Day/Date Clock, Midnight/Chamois Decor Group, Remote Control Color Keyed Racing Mirrors, Tinted Glass, Rocker Panel Moldings.  
Similar to the Lincoln Mark V and Ford Thunderbird Designer Series available throughout the 70's.

  Texas residents must pay applicable tax, title & lisc. I do not have a "buy it now" price and will let the auction play out. New eBay participants with a feedback score below 5 must call me prior to bidding.
  Fly in-drive home.Check out Southwest.com for reasonable flights into Dallas Love Field - their HUB. Click on the "shipping" tab on this listing for shipping quotes through U-Ship.  
Phone calls or even texts much preferred to emails. We have an extensive photo album available of this magnificent automobile. This is The Year of the Cat! 



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15 comments:

  1. Let's hear it for photography, composition, and color palette, Bravo!

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  2. Well a "chamois" is a goat, so I googled "Midnight Goat". Was not disappointed...

    [image src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZNYb6uwN6F4/VTprl2GGxMI/AAAAAAAAb80/P00kIuxxWjw/s1600/goat_03.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  3. ... but I agree that this Cougar has some real appeal. You would get noticed at Cars and Coffee, for sure.

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  4. All those who approve of this car, please raise your hand.

    [image src="https://whyevolutionistrue.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/stayin-alive.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  5. I too have had my socks knocked off by this car. I would want to drive it everywhere, but it's almost too nice and too low mileage to do anything but baby it and take it to shows. Plus I'm sure the fuel mileage sucks and I don't have the required wardrobe as seen below. Apparently it knocks shirts off too.

    [image src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/1479325.main_image.jpg?strip=all" width="300px"/]

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  6. Ooh, ooh, ooh!

    [image src="https://lis690internship.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/horshack1.jpg" width="400px"/]

    See what I did there? ; )

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  7. You've got my attention.

    [image src="https://www.vulture.com/2012/08/why-welcome-back-kotters-horshack-mattered.html" width="300px"/]

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  8. Ahhh, I blew it. I picked a Horshack photo that doesn't want to load. You win this round.

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  9. Just sent this to the wife as her new replacement vehicle. She said cool, she always wanted to be a cougar. Not sure this is a good thing...

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  10. If it's good enough for Porche, it's good enough for me.

    [image src="http://image.motortrend.com/f/roadtests/wagon/8562829+w799+h499+cr1+ar0/112_0308_roadtests_z%2B2004_volvo_v70_r_wagon%2Binterior.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  11. Might be ok with Porsche, but looks like it's in a V70 Volvo.

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  12. I had a couple of XR7's of this era, but not this color combination. Funny, all those options, and no rear window defogger.

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  13. Nice shape but hate what Fomoco aka Mercury did to the cougar prefer the Pony car it was born as not some over the hill botox padded trunk lid lard ass fat cat.

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  14. Had a 69 XR7 convertible once upon a time. Would love to have that one back in the same condition as this one.

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