I knew you will come back and appreciate it even more...
There were several variations of the performance Cougar:XR7
The abbreviation based on the Aurora XR-7 "Thunder Dart".
Which is the proposed SR-71 'Blackbird' replacement! Sleeker, faster and down right more luxurious.
The SR-71 "Blackbird" was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that stayed within the atmosphere.
The XR-7 "Thunder Dart" is a hyper-sonic airplane and space craft that goes outside the earths atmosphere to shoot down enemy satellites without being seen.
The XR-7 can take on the SR-71 every time. I guess that is why you scrapped the car.
The XR-7 package includes a wood accent steering wheel, black face competition instrumentation, simulated walnut dash, toggle switches, overhead console, a leather-covered T-handle automatic transmission shifter, and combination leather/vinyl seats. XR7-G
The "G" stood for Dan Gurney a race car driver for Mercury in 1968. The model was discontinued when Gurney went to work for Plymouth in 1969. The XR7-G package costs $667.95. Only 619 were built. The package was based on the XR7 but final assembly was done at the Shelby factory.
The XR7-G package included a vinyl-wrapped steering wheel with a special loud horn, simulated wood-grain dash, overhead console with fog lamp and sunroof switches,door-pull straps, special wooden automatic transmission shift knob with an inlaid gold running cat, plush leather seats, 14 x 6-inch G-badged five-spoke style, wide low-profile dual-inlet FRP hood scoop with chrome hood pins, aluminum running cougar emblem, remote controlled side mirror, vinyl roof with chrome accents, chrome "pipe-in-pipe" exhaust tips and XR7-G badges on the passenger headlamp door, C-pillars, wheel centers and trunk lock.
Kinda reminds you of my XR7 Gold Cougar?