Barn Find 1970 Mercury Cougar


Maybe the 1970 Mustang was too common for you (despite that paint job)? Here’s its more rare sister, and it’s the same year car. This one needs quite a bit of work as well, but it’s going for a lot less money in the auction listing here on eBay with a buy it now of $1,800 and the auction starting at $1,000 with no reserve. Thanks to Josh for this great find!


Although there’s some obvious body issues, it looks like some have been addressed by sourcing a trunk lid and hood from another car. Additionally, the car comes with some other new sheet metal–a right front fender, an apron and both trunk drop offs. There’s also one floorboard left to install; the other one has already been done. Plan on some work though if you want an excellent body. Some would drive it as is cosmetically–would you?


The seller states in the ad “…comes with most of the parts to put (it) together.” I sure hope that includes the sequential tail light units!


On the inside, it’s going to need some work just to be driveable. And while the automatic shift lever is in place, it’s not connected to anything.


Not much of an interior to show, huh. It would be nice if we could actually see what’s under the boxes, though. Maybe even what’s in them, if there are parts in there. I guess you can put in whatever seats you want, right?


There’s no one at home under the hood, either. Although the seller has a non-original engine available at extra cost, I prefer to think of this one as a blank canvas. Since there’s little hope of finding the original drive train, I think I would build a nice warm 302 and take the opportunity to install a four speed. But that’s me! What would you do?


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  1. RoughDiamond RoughDiamond Member

    That CAT has potential, but personally I would never buy a vehicle in that kind of condition again.

  2. 68 custom

    Cougars are so much cooler than Mustangs, this one deserves a second life. case in point, sequential turn signals and hideaway headlights.

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