Los Gatos Street Sighting - 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7
"I love it when a plan comes together." Those words were made famous by George Peppard in The A-Team, and it's true. In my case, though, making plans usually ensures something will go wrong, but serendipity frequently comes through and something positive happens that's totally different. I planned a day to drive to Aptos via Santa Cruz. A Flickr member who owns a 1976 Citroën CX OK'd me to stop by and check out his car, if I could find it. Well, I couldn't. In fact, nothing in Aptos made itself available. Santa Cruz yielded a couple of vehicles that day including the Mazda Miata art car in my previous post. Then on the return trip I happened upon this gorgeous 1968 Mercury Cougar in the town of Los Gatos. And where better to find a Cougar than in a town whose name means "The Cats" in Spanish?
This is our third early Cougar and a fine example of a restomod, a vehicle that's been restored yet mildly customized for better performance and comfort. I love 1967-68 Cougars, though I rarely shoot them for this blog unless they call to me. This one spoke loud and clear with a beautiful deep green paint job accented by an unusual root beer brown two-tone on the lower body and on the Vintage Wheel Works V45 wheels shod in aggressive Fuzion ZRi rubber. It looks like it sits a couple inches lower than stock and the hood scoop from an XR7-G performance model suggests there may be something potent under the hood. Inside, the owner has installed modern bucket seats with adjustable headrests.
I love that this car looks to be a driver, not a trailer queen. It has some rock chips here and there. It's built to be driven and enjoyed, and it is awesome.
California Streets is a blog that celebrates the history of the automobile in California. We feature old, interesting and often rare cars and trucks found parked on public streets and roads around the state of California.
I'm a delivery driver by trade, but I'm also a freelance artist and hobby photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a healthy interest in cars. I love finding and documenting fascinating old vehicles wherever I go.