Failed Fan: 1973 Mercury Cougar XR7 – NOW $15,100
July 18, 2021 Update – As we were preparing our latest Malaise Monday features, we confirmed the private seller of this Cougar XR7 just lower their asking price from $16,100 to $15,000.
1973 proved to be the final year of the Mustang-derived Cougar before Mercury executives elected to use the brand name on an LTD variant the following year as a personal luxury offering. We’re big fans of the more upscale XR7 versions and this green over dark tan example currently listed here on Craigslist in Walnutport, Pennsylvania (Allentown) is one of the prettier examples we’ve found in a long time. Reported to be a 75K unmolested survivor, the current caretaker currently has it offered for $15,000 (down from $16,100 originally). Comparing that price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the private seller has their XR7 priced one hundred dollars less than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate of $16,200.
Building on a successful launch of the first-generation car in 1967, For 1971, Lincoln-Mercury released the second-generation Mercury Cougar. Seeking more direct competition for the model line, the division largely benchmarked the Cougar against the numerous GM A-body coupes, placing the Cougar in competition with the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. While again sharing much of its bodyshell with the Ford Mustang, the Cougar began to transition away from its role as a “plush pony car”, deriving aspects from both sports cars and luxury cars. Similar in size and performance, the Cougar overshadowed the Mercury Cyclone intermediate coupe, leading Mercury to phase out the latter model line during 1972. Slightly smaller than the 1964 Mustang, the imported Capri (not officially badged as a Mercury) began to succeed the Cougar within Lincoln-Mercury as the division’s sporty car.
We love the classic color combination and depending on how hard it is to get to the part, we would try to replace the car’s expired fan motor as soon as possible so that we could enjoy cruising in this car for the remainder of the summer and into fall. If you are serious about buying this classic Cougar, you can start the conversation by emailing the private seller. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their TR-250 featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
1973 Cougar XR7
A Survivor car, in near original configuration.
XR7 pkg with the badging, upgraded dash, leather interior, console, and clock.
351Clevland with a 2 barrel.
Automatic C6 and a posi rear.
All unmolested and intact, only maintenance items replaced and front left fender.
It has factory AC, but the fan motor in the dash is shot.
You can see the hub caps are still there and I have some new wheel well trim.“
Show or go: what would you do with this Cougar survivor? Comment below and let us know!