Larry's Blue 1968 Cougar sat under a carport in Hillsboro, Ore. for about 6 years and was so covered with dust that you could not tell what color it was or what the interior was like. The hood latch was rusted so bad I couldn't get the hood open.
The car was located 200 feet from my brother-in-law's house and for the last four years, on our annual visit, I had been trying to convince the little old lady (literally from "Pasadena") to part with it. The answer was always the same "some day I'll get it fixed up". Well, in September of 1997, she decided to part with it and I was there with the cash. We towed it on a dolly behind my camper some 1,485 miles to Payson. It turned out to be an XR7-GT. It has the deluxe trim and interior package with the 325HP 390 GT engine. Everything was original.
In 1968 the Cougar was leased to an executive of the Los Angeles Times Mirror newspaper -- total cost $4,136.87. At the end of the lease the executive's secretary purchased the car.
The next two years of my life were spent on rebuilding the all-original car to like-new condition, with a total drive line rebuild, complete new interior and finished off with a great paint job (the only thing I didn't do).
The finished project took a first place for 1967-68 Cougars at the Arizona Cougar Club show in 2001.
It is a great highway car, we love to travel in it and it will peg the speed-o at 120 miles per hour.