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Autotrader Find: 1988 Mercury Cougar XR7 With 19,700 Miles

Although not many people are looking for a pristine 1980s Mercury Cougar, this, nonetheless, is one. This is a 1988 Mercury Cougar XR7, and it’s the “high performance” version of the sixth generation Cougar, which was sold through 1988 — making this a low-mileage, final-year example of the most desirable version of this version of the Cougar.

Of course, that isn’t saying all that much. Even though this is probably the best sixth-generation Cougar, it doesn’t have much gusto: it uses a 4.9-liter V8 with just 155 horsepower. Still, this one is an absolute time capsule, finished in black on gray cloth with basically no exterior wear or seat wear. I don’t think I’ve seen one this nice since the early 1990s.

The reason this Cougar is still in such nice shape is its amazing mileage: it’s traveled just 19,650 miles in the last 30 years, as it was obviously preserved by a loving owner who used it sparingly. Indeed, the Carfax report notes that this Cougar was sold in 1988 to its first owner in New Jersey and remained there until the selling dealer got it in October 2018.

The selling dealer is Levittown Auto in Pennsylvania, where it’s listed for sale for $12,500 — a low number for a well-preserved sporty old car like this, but a lot for a sixth-generation Cougar. Then again, this is probably the nicest sixth-generation Cougar you’ll ever encounter — and if there’s anyone out there looking for a pristine one, this is probably the one to get. Find a Mercury Cougar for sale

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  1. I am thinking seriously about picking up an ’88 Turbo Coupe. Fox Bodies are going to start appreciating at some point…but the only way I’ll buy one is with a stick. 

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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