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Cobra Jet 1969 Cougar Reeks of Class and Power

Mustang’s big brother from another mother


Ford and Mercury products featuring the 428 Cobra Jet are runners, vehicles not shy about racing Brand X on the drag strip. Certain CJs were quite popular, like the 1969 Ford Cobra (CJ standard) and Mustang Mach I (CJ optional). However, there are also some cars with the CJ that were quite rare. This 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 is one of them.

Of course, since nothing is easy in life, Cobra Jets can be confusing. In the case of 1969s, FoMoCo offered the CJ in two versions: the basic CJ was the Q-code and, if you wanted ram air, Ford substituted an R in the 5th character of the VIN. In the case of this Cougar, which one you chose affected the look: if you ordered an R-code Cougar, it came with a hood scoop with black or silver stripes running from the scoop to the nose; if you opted for the Q-code, the hood was flat like those with the standard 351. As such, a Q-code Cougar was quite unassuming and made for a good, um, Q-ship.

On this AutoHunter Cinema video, Jalopy Jeff goes over the fine points of these rare Cougars. As an upscale XR-7 with the Q-code Cobra Jet, it’s one of 39 built with an automatic; to compare, another 96 R-codes were built with the same transmission. Painted Medium Blue metallic over a white interior with blue components, this Mercury was spec’d out for luxury but has the suds to take care of business.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


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