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The last 427: 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E

Ford’s Le Mans-winning engine found a swan song in a pony car


Ford Motor Company made plenty of promises during the muscle car era, such as 427s in Mustangs and Boss 429s in Torinos and Cyclones. None of them panned out but, for some reason, Mercury scored a 427 for the special-edition Cougar GT-E. This car holds the distinction as being the last FoMoCo product to receive a 427 from the factory.

This 427 was somewhat different than those preceding it, as it now featured a hydraulic camshaft and hence was rated 20 horsepower less than the four-barrel version that was installed in a handful of Comets in 1967. Additionally, it was only available with an automatic transmission, a first for the 427.

In this video, Muscle Car Campy gives us a ride in Dean Ward’s Cougar XR-7 that’s equipped with the GT-E package. The Cardinal Red cat features a white vinyl top and unusual red Comfortweave vinyl interior – whomever ordered this one forewent the standard leather.

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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.


  1. Ya I remember the Two speed Diff vehicle. I believe it was called the “Eliminator” Although I do not remember if the Vehicle that I saw that night at the Pinecrest Speed Way in Toronto had a 427 in it.

  2. I can imagine the torque from the 427 disintegrating a 2spd rear axle, especially with aftermarket tires. Had a HS bud with a ’70 Eliminator in Orange, white vinyl top/interior, 351C/4spd. Sweet ride, girls loved it cuz quick but quiet, no air shocks or Thrush “mufflers”, just a sweet cruise.


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