In recent months, we’ve seen a number of modern-era Ford Thunderbird models pop up for sale at various auction sites with scant few miles on the clock, a list that includes a 1984 T-Bird with 16k miles, a 1987 Thunderbird Sport with 3k miles, and a 38k-mile 1988 model, to name just a few. Now, that trend continues – albeit with a bit of a twist – as this immaculate 1987 Mercury Cougar XR-7 up for grabs at Bring a Trailer gives us a nice alternative to its Blue Oval-branded counterpart from this particular era.
This 1987 Mercury Cougar XR-7 is yet another gently used example, as it has just 37k miles showing on the odometer, and is currently on its third owner, albeit seeking a fourth. Those folks have certainly taken care of it over the years, however, as this Cougar looks to be in fantastic shape with a seemingly flawless exterior complete with Medium Shadow Blue Metallic paint with Medium Smoke lower accents and black bodyside moldings.
That theme continues inside the cabin, where one will find a nice interior with Shadow Blue cloth seats, along with amenities such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat, adjustable lumbar support for both front seats, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, a locking glove box, illuminated visor mirrors, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo, though that part only currently works intermittently, according to the seller.
Under the hood, this Mercury Cougar XR-7 is powered by a fuel-injected version of the old Ford 5.0L V8, which was factory-rated to send 150 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission and a Traction-Lok rear axle. Aside from some surface rust underneath, there just aren’t too many bones to pick here, making this Cougar a nice score for anyone lucky enough to bring it home.