Mercury Cougar Eliminator Renderings Imagine Modernized Muscle Car

It’s hard to imagine now, but the Mercury Cougar spanned eight generations, five decades of production, and a multitude of body styles including a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, station wagon, hatchback, and convertible. FoMoCo sold nearly three million Cougars over that time span – more than any other model in Mercury’s history – and it’s second only to the Grand Marquis in terms of longevity. Sadly, like its parent brand, the Cougar is now a distant memory, but these 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator renderings from an artist who goes by the handle carmstyledesign give us an idea of what a modernized version might look like.

Based on the Ford Mustang, the 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator represented that brand’s alternative to the Boss 302, but it launched packing FoMoCo’s 351 cubic-inch Windsor V8 producing 290 horsepower and and 385 pound-feet of torque, though a Boss 302 was also available, as well as the S-Code 390, Q- and R-Code 428 V8 powerplants, and even the 428 Super Cobra Jet, while 429 V8 was reserved for two regular Cougars built that particular year.

Today, any Mercury Cougar Eliminator is a desirable machine, though the muscular coupe was overlooked at first – particularly when compared to its pony car counterpart. As a result, there aren’t nearly as many out there

, which has driven values upward in recent years. Thus, we don’t exactly come across modernized versions of the Eliminator very often, though these renderings give us a good look at what one might look like if we did.

Many of the changes here take place up front, where the grille still covers the headlights and foglights, while a smooth, integrated bumper takes the place of the original unit. The same sort of updated treatment applies out back, though the fenders have been widened to accommodate larger wheels and tires and are accentuated by black stripes and a black top. It’s an enticing idea for certain, and one that might just appeal to a new legion of fans that may not even know what a Cougar Eliminator is.

We’ll have more cool renderings like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mercury news, Mercury Cougar news, and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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    • ya can't change and make perfection better LOVE the OLD. Wish they will start making then again

  • Nope! Not every muscle car should be a wide-body... The stying was sport-on from the factory...

  • I actually have a 1969 Mercury Cougar for sale! It was my fathers before he passed. It has 62K miles and it runs…just needs new brake pads. I paid 2,800 to get it out of the shop a couple months back. It needs some serious cosmetic work but it is a beauty. Does anyone have advice on selling this gem? I am asking 10K or BO on Facebook Marketplace. It’s a tough one to let go of, that’s for sure. I’m located in Springfield, MA.
    Any advice would be appreciated!

  • Sorry, buy that's HIDEOUS. Pointless and incongruent body lines, wide (cuz why not I guess), ugly oddly-shaped fenders that make the greenhouse look like a hard hat, and the stripes: just say no. Just horrible except for the taillight bar (basically original) and the grille. But even those are ruined by the integrated bumpers.

  • The XR-7 —— I believe it started in 1968 and the reason I say this is because I own One and it has 23,000.0 original miles on it.

  • I own a 1968 XR 7 to and everything is original and it has 78000 miles on it and it cranks and runs like a Badass Cougar should. I have people coming back for years to see if I changed my mind and want to sell it!! Hell no

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