Testing the waters, thinking about selling the G

There were only 619 XR7-Gs built. They were built along side the Shelby Mustang, and were available with every engine and transmission offered in 1968, (except the 427). This was the first Cougar to be a part of the Hertz Rent a Racer program. If you have any information about these rare cats, this is the place to share. The XR7-G registry is maintained by Royce Peterson.
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Good point. Not sure they were ever advertised, but a few were certainly built. I do not think there were that many. I've seen two of them both of which were 1967 XR-7 / 6.5 Litre cars. They were equipped with Golde electric sunroofs.
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28 Jan 2020, 08:50
What about the (I've never seen) 100 or so 67 Cougars with sunroofs? Weren't they electric?
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I've never seen a lick of factory documentation proving that a sunroof was invoiced in 1967 as a factory available option. I have seen one 67 with one but it wasn't on the Marti. Regardless of who or how it was installed, if it doesn't show up on the Marti Report, I wouldn't say it was a factory installed option.
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jcbingcougar wrote:
28 Jan 2020, 14:55
I've never seen a lick of factory documentation proving that a sunroof was invoiced in 1967 as a factory available option. I have seen one 67 with one but it wasn't on the Marti. Regardless of who or how it was installed, if it doesn't show up on the Marti Report, I wouldn't say it was a factory installed option.
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^^^ That's basically the way that I understood it.

Those '67s were a trail run. Once Ford/Mercury was satisfied then they "officially" offered power sunroofs as an option for 1968.

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pellets4fuel wrote:
28 Jan 2020, 10:12
Is the key word in there "factory"?
Were the 67 sunroofs not a factory installation?
Those would have to be added by the dealer as an option, probably real expensive to accomplish.

Besides, they'd need extensive auto body experience to perform a trouble free installation.

Even the standard 3 speed manual transmission is a rare option. It's interesting to see what was popular and what wasn't.

Anything that rare is likely to be super expensive--unobtainium
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Just an opinion about something being rare 1 of 1 as all would say. To me a sunroof was a bad idea from the start guaranteed to leak. Something rare is just something nobody else wanted at the time, not something good to me. I try to learn from history, not to repeat mistakes. I had an old Dodge Dart Sport with a similar style sunroof, flew off the car coming out of the drive-in theater, totally ruined my chances of a second date with the girl I had with me that night. LOL
I would rather have the car that was most wanted at the time, The car that was most produced, proven to be a solid dependable car. I love older cars but don't like the hype about rare being valuable.
I am not one to think I can build a better wheel. So the next time you see something "rare", think about the fact nobody liked it then, so why would it be desirable today? That's why there is only one. If a car salesman could only sell one of something, I would think they would be fired.
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I would respectfully disagree with your comment of rare being unwanted. Understand when Lincoln Mercury put 188 XR7G's in airports with Hertz, I'm pretty sure they weren't looking to sell 50,000 XR7G's. These are special promotional cars that were designed to attract customers to the Mercury showrooms. You rent a beautiful sunroof Cougar and you say wow.. You end up going to the showroom and find out the XR7G is a very expensive car and the salesmen now brings you over to a regular XR7 with air conditioning and you save $1000. I', thinking lots of people wanted to buy an XR7G but the price just deterred them.

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The majority of XR7-G's were overwhelmingly produced with sunroofs rather than without. Today's market demand reflects the truth when the cars were new - buyers of XR7-G's wanted sunroofs and prices reflect that today.
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I’m glad in 50 plus years that our Black Cherry XR7G still has its sunroof and it didn’t fly off while cruising out of a drive-in theatre or parking lot somewhere. :D
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As a child I recall being in the Fred Jones Lincoln Mercury dealership I downtown Tulsa with my dad in1968. I believe he was interested in a Comet or possibly a used car. I was wandering around the show room. There was what I believe to be an XR7 G behind a velvet rope. I got my dad to take a look as my aunt had bought a new 67 Cougar the year before. He looked at the window sticker and jumped back. He told me not to touch that car, as it was as expensive as a Thunderbird.

How many were willing to spend Thunderbird money for a Cougar?
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