In the late 1960's, the Lincoln-Mercury Group was trying to create an image separate from its parent company, Ford Motors. One of their more unusual marketing ploys was to create the Sports Special option group. Instead of being a single option package, it was a group of options, that when combined created the Sports Special. The Cougar registry contains less than 30 cars that fall under this designation. This 1969 Mercury Cougar is one of them and it has been listed for sale here on eBay.
This one looks to be solid, but the interior is in need of some serious attention. The seats are torn and the dash pad is cracked, but everything is there. The Sports Special came with unique bullet rocker moldings, turbine style wheel covers, and racing mirrors. The seller doesn't state whether the original wheel covers are still with the car, but they don't appear in any of the photos.
The seller claims the 351 V8 was rebuilt in 2002 and was last run at the beginning of 2012, but doesn't state whether it currently runs. It needs some work, but hopefully could be enjoyed without a major restoration. Valuing this one could be a challenge, as it is doubtful that the Sports Special package really adds extra value. However, it is rare and with bidding starting at $3,500, it could be a good buy if you're in the market for a Cougar.