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1970 Ford Mercury Cougar XR-7 - Second-Chance Cat
Cougar Love Is A Recurrent Affair
Kevin Cornwell of Williamsport, Maryland, owns this beautiful '70 Mercury Cougar XR-7. The Cougar bug originally bit him in 1981 when he was a high-school student. Back then, he bought a '70 Cougar and used it as his only transportation for many years.
Kevin says that things like marriage, children, and mortgages became his priority, and his first Cougar was eventually sold. Ever since then, he had wanted another one. About four years ago, when he could wait no longer, he began the search for a classic Cougar, using the Internet and keeping an eye on places like eBay. It was good fortune that after a thorough search, the perfect car turned up right in his hometown.
A friend of Kevin's knew someone who was a Cougar enthusiast, who just so happened to have a '70 XR-7 for sale. The two went to look at the car in February. In the snow and cold they were led to a garage where the Cougar awaited, carefully stored under heavy blankets. As soon as the blankets were lifted, Kevin knew the car would be his. The 351 Cleveland engine fired right up on that cold day, and with its 11.5:1 compression ratio, there was plenty of rumble to cinch the deal even further. The money changed hands, but many weeks went by as Kevin waited for the weather to improve. At last, the day came when he was able to drive the car home.
Kevin is happy to have another cat in his collection, and although this Cougar is in excellent condition, it's not a trailer queen. He likes the Eliminator extras because they look great, but he's the first to tell you the car is an Eliminator clone, looking just the way he likes it. He drives the Cougar in good weather and goes to lots of summer car shows near Maryland. Most of the Cougar aficionados we know will tell you that once you've had a Mercury Cougar, you'll always want to have one in your garage. Certainly Kevin is a good example of this Ford, er, Mercury phenomenon.
'70 Mercury Cougar XR-7
Owner: Kevin Cornwell, Williamsport, MD
4V cylinder heads
Lunati cam w/.562 valve lift
Boss 351 intake manifold
Holley 650-cfm carb
MSD distributor and ignition system
Modified C4 automatic
2,500-rpm stall torque converter
Front: Rebuilt stock, KYB Gas-a-Just shocks
Rear: Rebuilt stock, KYB Gas-a-Just shocks
Front: Stock disc
Rear: Stock drum
Front: American Racing chrome-finishTorq Thrust D, 16x7
Rear: American Racing chrome-finish Torq Thrust D, 16x7
Front: Kumho Ecsta 711, P225/50R16
Rear: Kumho Ecsta 711, P245/50R16
Original upholstery, XR-7 trim, factory center console with T-handle shifter, Auto Meter instrumentation including column-mounted tachometer and console-mounted water and oil gauges
Code 2156 Bright Gold poly paint Eliminator hoodscoop and graphics
Eliminator front and rear spoilers