This golden cat sure does shine! In 1969, the Cougar was still based on the same platform as the Mustang, so it hadn’t grown up to Thunderbird size yet. This smart looking example is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is listed for sale here on oldcaronline. The asking price is $10,500 and it’s a fixed price, not an auction.
Before you start to write and complain about the wheels, there’s a set of styled steel wheels included. If original, they will look like this. I would also reverse the tires when I mounted them, I think. I do like the paint and, for once, the vinyl top. The seller tells us there is no rust at all and that the body is perfectly straight. It certainly looks the part in the pictures.
The interior doesn’t look bad, either. Was the dash originally gold as well? I found a couple online with this interior/dash combination, but I also found some with colored dash pads as well. While the seat shows some wear, I could live with it like that for a long time. I do wish there were more pictures, though. And where exactly did the center of the steering wheel go?
Given the interior condition, I’m surprised at how pristine the engine looks! Even though it is listed as rebuilt with zero miles, it still looks terrific. Of course, I wish there were a belt on the air conditioner, but I’m guessing the seller is leaving that for the next owner to sort out.
You can see from this portion of the Marti report that the car was equipped with leather seats from the factory. I wonder who leased it?
Now here’s where I start to have issues. Although I do like the look of the vinyl roof in the color it’s in, unfortunately it left the factory in black. We’re not given a shot of the front of the car, so we can’t tell whether or not the front bumper guards are there or not. We’re also told it has 71,000 original miles, which has me wondering why the engine rebuild was necessary. In any case–do you see enough to request more pictures? We’re told they are available!