1968 MERCURY COUGAR
Engine Size: 428 CJ
Stock No: 11916
Exterior Color: ONYX BLACK
Interior Color: RED
This is the actual car raced by Motorsports Hall of Fame, "Border Bandits"
from Sandy Elliot LTD. It was raced by John Elliot as driver and Barry Poole as mechanic.
The "Border Bandits", a Canadian duo, received their nick name because of all the
titles they took back to Canada with them from the US. In 1968 they won the Stock
Eliminator class in this very car. It was retired in 1974. It wasn't until recently that the
car was discovered by an auto enthusiast who realized what it was. He spent 3 years
restoring the car to perfection. It is one of, if not the, nicest car I have ever seen.
It was restored using mostly all NOS parts, which for a Cougar was nearly impossible
to find. The restoration was documented with photos from start to end. Also included
is a binder full of receipts and several pages listing all the part #'s. Its completely
#'s matching! It is fully documented as a 1 of 1 car by Marti Autoworks, has
original invoice, original owners cards, a photo of it in 1968 at the drag strip and more.
The restoration has only 34 miles since completion. No detail was over looked from
the factory markings to the smog equipment. It has been featured in
Ford Mustang Magazine and had a television début on the Speed Channel's American
Muscle Cars. It was the celebrity pick at the 2004 Ford Nationals. In addition to it’s
"as factory" restoration it also has reproduction decals and tires / wheels to give it the
look as you would have seen it on the strip. The pedigree of this car being extremely rare
(only 127 Cougars total came with the 428 engine) and desirable with a concourse quality
restoration and documented race history make it truly collectable to even the most
prominent collectors. Being a race car it was ordered bare bones, steel wheels,
manual steering and brakes and even radio delete! However it did come with a competition suspension!