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Autotrader Find: 1995 Mercury Cougar XR7 With 17,500 Miles

If you’re looking for the best mid-1990s Mercury Cougar in existence, you’ve found it. This is a 1995 Mercury Cougar XR7, which is the high-performance version of the car. And this particular example is impressively nice, having traveled just 17,450 miles from new.

First, a little history on the Cougar. This model, the Cougar’s seventh generation, was sold from 1989 to 1997, and the XR7 version was always the high-performance model. Originally, XR7 models used a supercharged V6, but that eventually improved to a 205-horsepower 4.6-liter V8. That doesn’t sound like much by modern standards, but it was pretty quick back then.

Although most Cougar models got driven consistently, this particular example was saved and preserved, and the ad notes that it remained with its original owner in Omaha, Nebraska until 2013. The car has been lowered, and it’s wearing aftermarket wheels, but I think those two upgrades give it a cleaner, more aggressive look than the factory appearance.

While there aren’t many enthusiasts of the seventh-generation Mercury Cougar, those who exist will surely love this car, as it’s probably one of the nicest examples left. It also wears gorgeous original exterior paint, dubbed Royal Blue Metallic, and it features a rather amusing blue interior — a common trait back in the day, but unusual today. This Cougar is offered by a private seller in Warrenton, Virginia, for $11,995. Find a Mercury Cougar for sale

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3 COMMENTS

  1. This isnt the “high performance” model. After 1994 the XR7 was the only trim level available. My dream car was always the 1990 XR7 with a 5 speed

  2. I actually really like this Cougar.  Always thought it was better looking than the same era Thunderbird, and that one is spectacular.  A perfect candidate for Radwood if there ever was one.  Massage that 4.6 to make some more HP and TQ to get that barge moving and you have a wonderful highway cruiser that would look awesome on the HR Power Tour. 

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