'71 XR-7 Convertible

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'71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by Gyrhead » 23 Nov 2016, 11:59

Folks,
Longtime member on another board, former owner of a '69 R Code and now the surprisingly happy owner of a '71 M code XR-7 convertible 4 speed ( AC, PS, PDB, AM/FM, power windows, tilt, intermittent wipers) Was never a huge fan of the 71-73, but absolutely love them now. Well built cars, comfortable, great chassis, cheaper to own and restore.

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1971 Cougar XR-7 Convertible 351C 4V, 4 speed (medium well done 😥)
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Re: '71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by propayne » 23 Nov 2016, 12:09

Gorgeous Cougars!

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Re: '71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by zman » 23 Nov 2016, 13:28

Nice Cougar.
Where did you find it.
Looks like the one from MN.
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Re: '71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by Gyrhead » 23 Nov 2016, 14:11

The '71 came out of San Diego, and is a DSO 84 car. Given the number of options on the car, I'd guess it was an executive vehicle. Doubt Mercury would chose such a conservative color for a show vehicle.

The R code I bought in 1986. It was delivered new to Colonial Lincoln Mercury in Virginia Beach to my buddy's Dad, a Navy Captain. It lived in Charleston SC until 1980 when it moved to Boston and was stored. I sold it in 2005
1971 Cougar XR-7 Convertible 351C 4V, 4 speed (medium well done 😥)
2016 Mustang GT350 Chassis #2710
1988 Mustang 5.0 LX Coupe
1999 Porsche 911 Carrera
2017 VW Jetta GLI
2013 VW GTI (Unitronic Stage 1+ tune 260 HP / 295 ft/lbs - second fastest car in the fleet)

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Re: '71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by guitar74 » 01 Jan 2017, 14:13

Beautiful cars. I happen to like the fat cats, and would like add one or possibly a '71 Cyclone to my collection. Congrats on finding such a nice example.

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Re: '71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by Gyrhead » 22 Jan 2017, 21:28

Got my Marti report the other day. As suspected my '71 seems to be an Executive car. It is a DSO 84 and was delivered to the Ford Marketing Corporation Lincoln Mercury Regional District Sales office in Oakland CA .

One of 50 with code C dark green paint and medium green leather.

Does anyone have production data for '71 Cougar convertibles - both standard and XR-7?
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Re: '71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by badcatt » 23 Jan 2017, 01:06

base convertible for 71, 1722 were built and 1717 XR-7 convertibles were built according to the book Cougar, by the numbers. It also states only 47 XR-7 Convertibles got the 4 speed option.
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Re: '71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by Gyrhead » 23 Jan 2017, 06:19

My '71 was delivered with a C-6, I did the 4 speed conversion at the same time as the motor and suspension build. So, not a factory 4 gear sadly.

But don't regret the conversion 1 bit, dials up the fun-to-drive factor tenfold. :D
1971 Cougar XR-7 Convertible 351C 4V, 4 speed (medium well done 😥)
2016 Mustang GT350 Chassis #2710
1988 Mustang 5.0 LX Coupe
1999 Porsche 911 Carrera
2017 VW Jetta GLI
2013 VW GTI (Unitronic Stage 1+ tune 260 HP / 295 ft/lbs - second fastest car in the fleet)

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Re: '71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by Gyrhead » 23 Jan 2017, 06:20

Thanks Neal for the production stats!
1971 Cougar XR-7 Convertible 351C 4V, 4 speed (medium well done 😥)
2016 Mustang GT350 Chassis #2710
1988 Mustang 5.0 LX Coupe
1999 Porsche 911 Carrera
2017 VW Jetta GLI
2013 VW GTI (Unitronic Stage 1+ tune 260 HP / 295 ft/lbs - second fastest car in the fleet)

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Re: '71 XR-7 Convertible

Post by R Code » 23 Jan 2017, 16:22

Howdy Tom, glad to hear you're still messin' around with Cougars, that looks like a real nice one.

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