First, the story of this car:
Hi everyone. My name is Dave and I own a73cat. The story of how we met up started in the summer of 1993 with a relative(lets call him Mike) sending me an issue of the WheelerDealer. Mike knew that I was looking to replace my first 73 XR7. It was white with a blue interior and Half vinyl roof and it was on its last legs. Anyways, Mike had found a lookalike to my first cougar so he figured that I might be interested.
The ad was in black and white so I wasn’t sure of the colour. The body was light coloured with a dark vinyl roof. The car in the ad looked like a purrfect replacement. I decided to call the owner(located in N.W. Iowa) and see if the car was still for sale. It was, so I asked the seller the colour of the car. He said that I should know by the ad. He paid for a colour ad. I was informed the colour was medium bright yellow with a ginger interior and vinyl roof. Not what I expected. I was hoping for the white and blue combo but I figured the price was right. He told me that he had no time to take care off it. He was hoping to find some one that could make it right(restore it). I told him that was my intention. He sent me a picture (full colour) of the Cougar and a short letter with the vin# and other particulars. I decided to send the deposit.
Now I live in S.W. Ontario and the cougar is in Iowa. How is this going to work? My wife was pregnant with our youngest son so there is no way we could drive there and back all that way. My wife, Lori, and I picked Labour day weekend to pick the car up.
We drove down to Windsor,dropped our oldest son off at mom and dads,flew from Detroit to Chicago,picked up a rental and drove to Hampton, Iowa. This was 1993 and that year, there was terrible flooding on the Mississippi. We weren’t sure if we could get to the car, and if we could, would the car be under water. It was an interesting drive that day. We met the owner at the car wash that he managed,and sitting in the front lot was a73cat. It did not look like it does today. There was some minor rust,various dings and dents. The interior was dirty and it had a case of a sagging rear but all in all she was solid enough to drive home. I handed over the money owing and Lori,a73cat, and I were on our way back to Chicago. The rental was dropped off with 15 minutes to spare. This was all on the same day.
The next day was a nervous one.The 8 hour drive back home was full of uncertainty, not knowing if we would make it. And if we did, what was in store for us at Canada customs at the Detroit-Windsor border.Was my paper work correct? Could I drive into Canada with the Iowa plates? Was my car insurance sufficient?
All these questions were answered as I was told to pull in by that huge customs agent with the gun in his holster. .(I bet at this point you are hoping for guns to be drawn). That was not to be, as all my paper work was in order. I was clear to leave after paying taxes (this is Canada). The rest is history.
Nineteen years later and Lori and I are still enjoying Cougar ownership.The first 15 years was driving as an unrestored survivor. I did clean it up and rebuilt the351C 2bbl. but left its original paint and interior alone. A73cat was enjoyed throughout the summers as we participated in many local shows as well as Carlisle in 2002.