AJ's Car of the Day: 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E 427

Car: Mercury Cougar GT-E 427

Year: 1968

What makes it special: The GT-E package was the most radical performance package ever offered in a Pony Car. It consisted of a Mercury Cougar with Ford's 427 V8, nostril hood scoop, blacked-out front grill, special "7.0 Litre GT-E" badging, and chrome stylized wheels amongst other performance and appearance adding goods.

What made it famous: The 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E 427 represents the end of an era. It was the last Ford product sold with the legendary 427 side oiler V8, and the only Ford product sold with it for 1968.

Why I would want one: Having owned 2 Mercury Cougars in the past, ( a 289 V8 powered 1967, and a 351 V8 powered 1968 ), I would be more than eager to have the kind of neck snapping, throw-you-back-in-your-seat power that a 427 V8 could offer. Plus, only 357 1968 Mercury Cougars received the GT-E package....and that spells rare. In fact, a restored 1968 GT-E 427 sold at auction in recent years for $181K.

Fun fact: It's rumored that 37 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E's were produced with Ford's 428 Cobra-Jet Ram-Air V8 set-up, but due to the GT-E's mid year release, records only show the 427 V8.

 

( 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E 427 photo from mercurysandfords.com )