The September 2014 Ride of the Month is: Mike's '69 CJ XR7

Res ipsa loquitur

The thing speaks for itself…

It doesn’t get much better than this:

1969 Cougar XR-7 Hardtop 428 CJ Ram Air
Ford Black
Medium Saddle Leather Bucket seats
built September 16th, 1968

And they checked all of the right boxes:
3.25 Traction-Lok Differential
C-6 Merc-O-Matic Transmission
FR70x14 Wide Oval Radial Tires
Styled Steel Wheels
Power Windows
Power Disc Brakes and Power Steering
Whisperaire Air Conditioning
AM/FM Stereo Radio
Tinted Glass
Front Bumper Guards


I really like that car and the color combo, the engine tranny combo, it just does not get much better than that!

Congrats Mike on one badass Cat!

The epitome of “Untamed Elegance.” Beautiful car - what a sleeper! :slight_smile:

Very nice!

Congrats Mike, great car. Tell us the story about how you & the car came together.

That is a damn sexy Cougar!

Some more details and pics would be great!!

  • Phillip

The WHAT combo???

I’ll try again. I really like the way the interior color pops with the black accents and black paint. The engine/transmission combination of a 428 CJ Ram Air and the heavy duty C6 transmission are hard to beat! This has been one of my favorite cars since it was introduced to us here on the CCC last winter!

That’s the best I can do Bob.

Better Chris (and I behaved, go figure!).

It’s a beaut!

Thank you all, it has been a labor of love getting this black cat (my wife calls her “Pyewacket”) on the road, now we can really enjoy her.

Awesome black cat! Congrats on ROTM.

I was never really a fan of the XR-7 dash, but it looks awesome against that black and saddle interior. Way to make a believer, congrats!

Was this car sold in Colorado? I recall looking at one over 5 years ago…

Very cool BTY, a special Cat for sure.

No, it has been offered for sale before, but never sold. I bought it at auction from an Iowa dealer who bought it from the owner in California.

Oops, I forgot to say, that is one nice looking Cougar, congrats Mike!

What can be said that hasn’t already been stated, sweet ! :beerchug: Congrats on the ROTM, well deserved :smoke:

Two important things happened on September 16th 1968: Presidential Candidate Richard Nixon said Sock it to me! on Laugh In, and in Milpitas California, the 772nd 1969 Mercury Cougar rolled off the assembly line. Nixon got his wish, and the Cougar would travel south to Glendale California nestled in between the Holly wood Hills and Pasadena. It would stay there for the next 45 years.

The assembly workers in at the Milpitas plant were a young and diverse group. Ford called it the San Jose plant but the workers could care less. At Ford they were now making three times the local average wage. The Mustangs and Cougars that passed before them were as hard and fast as the rock and roll they listened to. The Who and Blue Cheer played a concert in February, Cream would follow and the Northern California Folk Rock festival would bring the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish and many others. It was an exciting time, as long as you could keep your mind off the events halfway around the globe in Viet Nam.