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. As for that model’s counterpart – the Mercury Cougar – we’ve also seen at least one nice example surface for sale as of late – a 37k-mile 1987 Cougar XR-7. Now, it’s been joined by another “big cat” in the form of this 1987 Mercury Cougar 20th Anniversary Edition that’s currently up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.
This 1987 Mercury Cougar is actually one of just 5,002 examples built to celebrate that particular milestone, and all of them were finished in the same exterior color combination – Medium Cabernet with a matching chrome-trimmed grille and Midnight Smoke moldings with gold-tone inserts. With just 60k miles on the clock, this example remains in solid condition, though it was involved in an accident in 1999 that damaged the rear of the car.
Peek inside the cabin, and one will find seats upholstered in Light Sand Beige leather with Ultrasuede inserts and Cabernet Red piping, along with matching door panels, special badging, and amenities including air conditioning, power windows and locks, driver-seat position memory, woodgrain trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, a digital clock, and a factory cassette stereo that’s part of the Premium Sound audio system.
Power for this anniversary Mercury Cougar model comes from the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8, which in this guise was factory-rated to send 150 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. In spite of its accident history, we don’t doubt that this cool and somewhat rare model will conjure up plenty of interest at auction, as collectors are certainly beginning to catch onto these more modern coupes.