You read the title correctly! West Coast Classic Cougar is giving away a 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7-G. This is a project car not for the faint of heart, but we know someone out there can give this rare cat the restoration it deserves. We’ve done a couple contests like this before; Don breaks down how it works in this video:
About The Car
This G still has its original, numbers-matching J-code 302-4V block and C4 automatic transmission, as well as its factory-equipped sunroof. Originally Diamond Blue with a Parchment vinyl top and Dark Blue interior. A small handful or original G parts are included, and we’re also throwing in a reproduction G hood scoop. What you see in the video and pictures is what you get. Some significant rare parts are missing, such as the console, mirror, and valances. The underbody is relatively solid, with some rust holes in the rear floor pans and trunk. The rear window area has been patched by a previous owner. Body panels appear usable but will need work.
Here are some pictures of the car:
And here’s a little Johnny Lightning model we got to represent what the car could look like when done (winner gets this too):
(Note that the model has a black top instead of white and no sunroof, but it’s right right color!)
How To Enter
Convince us (and the community) that you’re the right person to tackle this project! We want to see this car get restored, and saved from the crusher. It will take a lot of skills, resources, time, parts, and know-how.
You can either write an essay (any length) or make a video, and paste your entry directly into this thread. Talk about your experience with / passion for Cougars, restoring cars in general, any special skills & qualifications you bring to the table, and whatever else makes you stand out. We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
All entries must be submitted to this thread no later than Aug. 31, 2017.
The entries will then be judged by a panel of 5 members of the Cougar community (to be revealed soon). Once a winner is chosen, the title will be signed over, and the G will be theirs!
Thanks for reading, good luck everyone!
FINE PRINT: One entry per household. No purchase necessary. It’s okay if you do purchase things, but it won’t help. Winner must be taller than 4ft. 5in. WCCC can store the car for free up to 90 days after the winner is announced, but will not be held responsible for additional rust that occurs in the meantime. Everything is subject to change. If we think of more fine print, we’ll update this later.