Car: Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator
What makes it special: In 1969 the Mercury Cougar got it's first restyle, becoming slightly larger and heavier than the '68 model. The Eliminator package gave buyers a chance to ditch most of its upscale appointments in place of stripped down performance. The Boss 302 was introduced in May '69, available only with the Eliminator package.
What made it famous: Its Boss 302 V8 engine with a stronger version of the production 302 block and four bolt main caps, forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods found in the old Hi-Po 289 V8's making it very reliable. It also had an aluminum high rise manifold and 780 cfm Holley 4-barrel carburetor. A dual point distributor and dual exhaust rounded out the package, leaving little else to turn it into a full blown racing engine. A factory installed "Rev-limiter" stopped the engine from revving over 6150 RPM's. The Boss 302 V8 was underrated at 290 hp.
Why I would want one: It's the best of both worlds. You have the power of the legendary Boss 302 Ford Mustang with Mercury Cougar's comforts. Plus, it's undeniably a very good looking machine!
Fun fact: The Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator could cover the 1/4 mile in the high 14's off the showroom floor, and had a 0-60 time of under 7 seconds, making it's "290 underrated hp" even more obvious.
( 1969 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator photo from pinterest.com )