Loren B 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator 2dr Hardtop Coupe

Son finds and buys dad's old muscle car

Of the 100,085 1969 Cougars, 66,351 were hardtops. 510 of those came with Ram Air 428SCJ-4V Engines. 304 of them had Automatic Transmissions. Of them, 162 were equipped with the Eliminator Package. 61 of those were Bright Yellow and 53 of them had Black Hi-Back Bucket Seats, of which 17 were ordered with Super Cobra Jet Engines. Of those, 10 had Drag Paks with 3.91 Traction-Lok Rear Axles. 3 were equipped with Hood Pins. Of those, 1 had Clear Glass…..Mine is that Cougar.

My dad originally bought the car the day he returned from the Army, December 31st 1969. He drag raced the car at local strips, competing in the GS/A class. The car ran consistent 11.7s thanks help from neighbor and Friend Roger Gustin of jet dragster fame. In 1972 my dad traded in the car to help Gustin establish a sponsorship with a Pro-Stock Maverick Gustin was running at the time. A friend of a friend bought the car from the dealership and moved out to California. The last he had heard of the car, it had been repossessed by the bank. Life went on, he forgot about the car, then I came along.

Growing up my dad would always tell me stories about how fast the car was and that it was one of the fastest cars in town and that he never lost a race at the strip. Being young and impressionable, he had built this car up like it was the greatest machine ever invented. Over the years I lusted after the car, going so far as to buying my own standard Cougar in 2004 to clone it.

In summer 2006 my dad's birthday was approaching and I wanted to get him something special. By now I had a thirst for this car that couldn't be quenched. I was going to contact Marti Auto Works of Arizona and ask for them to repair an Elite report giving him (and me) all the vital statistics of the car. The only problem was I didn't have the VIN. They informed me it would take a considerably longer time to find the records for the car and my response to that was it will be worth the wait. Three days later they call me to inform me they found the car in the database because the CURRENT OWNER of the car had already requested a report. They were so kind as to pass along my contact information to the gentleman as they believed he was looking to sell.

The owner of the car called me and we made arrangements to come see the car, currently located in Powder Springs Georgia. While the car was not in restored condition, it was a dream come true to finally see the car he had spoken so fondly of for all those years. I made the gentleman an offer on the spot but he said he was actually not interested in selling the car at that time but that we would receive first right of refusal when he does decide to sell. Just over a year later he would call me, it was time to sell. My dream car was coming home, over 25 years of searching and wondering had finally been completed. My "Unicorn" was finally going to be sitting my garage!

I called my dad immediately after, told him to sit down because his car was coming home. I wouldn't swear to it, but it sounded like he choked back a few tears of joy. After getting the car home, the disassembly and documentation began. While the restoration is still not complete, be assured it is going through an extensive rotisserie restoration with the TLC such a rare and sentimental car deserves. Feel free to follow the progress at my new website for the car, www.my69cougareliminator.com!

38 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Sarah Turner Georgia October 17, 2014 at 18:27
    Loren, that is a beautiful story and a beautiful car!!! Very cool!!
  • 2
    Catherine Hart TN October 17, 2014 at 18:37
    Amazing!! So excited for you and your Dad. Can't wait to see the finished product!
  • 3
    Chace Macon Ga October 17, 2014 at 19:23
    What a great story!
  • 4
    Sam M Dayton,Ohio October 17, 2014 at 19:26
    Awesome story! Can't wait to see the restoration and the car back burning some rubber on the streets!
  • 5
    Bruce Maegly Milford, Ohio October 17, 2014 at 19:27
    Great story of son finding father's long lost classic - love reading this heart warming story!
  • 6
    Kevin ohio October 17, 2014 at 19:27
    I love to hear of stories like this. I've always wanted to find a car that my dad had when he was a teenager or some of the other cars that my dad had over the years. I think these stories bring hope to those who are still looking for the long lost cars. Thank you for sharing.
  • 7
    Adam Ohio October 17, 2014 at 19:36
    Awesome, Loren! Hope your family is well.
  • 8
    Matt Liviskie Cincinnati October 17, 2014 at 19:43
    It's truly a great story! Can't wait to see the car when it's all finished.
  • 9
    Clint gossett Somerset, ky October 17, 2014 at 20:17
    Awesome story man! Wish i could find dad's ole Torino GT and restore it.
  • 10
    T Cato Roswell, Georgia October 17, 2014 at 20:26
    This story is fabulous - and I cannot wait to see the fully-restored Eliminator.
  • 11
    Maria Atlanta, GA October 17, 2014 at 20:46
    This is a truly amazing story with such inspirational commitment.
  • 12
    Mike B. Oregon October 17, 2014 at 23:03
    Great story Loren! Can't wait to see your / your Dad's car after the restoration is finished!
  • 13
    Cody Usa October 17, 2014 at 23:35
    So cool!!!
  • 14
    Dave Parker Cincinnati October 18, 2014 at 10:27
    This is a great story...As a fan of rare FOMOCO muscle cars this Cougar deserves our special attention..Congrats Loren!
  • 15
    Nikki Dillavou Atlanta October 18, 2014 at 10:52
    How incredible! What an inspiration-great job to everyone who helped bring this beloved car home!
  • 16
    Mike Iowa October 21, 2014 at 08:13
    Good story - hope you get it on the road soon!
  • 17
    Sean F. San Antonio, TX 78255 October 21, 2014 at 23:04
    The Greatest love story. An officer and his "Unicorn"
  • 18
    Nicole Ocean Shores, WA October 22, 2014 at 15:12
    This is a wonderful story! I look forward to following the progress!
  • 19
    Mike Columbus Oh. October 22, 2014 at 03:53
    Great story. Glad you were able to find the car. Looking forward to seeing pics of the final resto. Good luck.
  • 20
    translux chitown October 22, 2014 at 10:25
    Sounds like a great journey with the perfect ending.
  • 21
    WannaMM B'ham October 24, 2014 at 10:12
    Wonderful write-up...Great car Can't wait to see finished product!
  • 22
    Angie Cincinnati October 27, 2014 at 20:30
    Very inspiring and awesome story, can't wait to see it finished.
  • 23
    Mud Abita Springs October 27, 2014 at 21:41
    Reunited and it feels so good! Amazing gift of love💝 from father to son to father.
  • 24
    Ava B. Cincinnati October 27, 2014 at 21:42
    Dreams do come true!!! Thanks to you and your Dad's passion! Very proud!
  • 25
    Meredith Cato Georgia October 27, 2014 at 21:47
    Wonderful story Loren! Warmed my heart and made my eyes feel funny! It's just so great that you were able to make this dream come true! :-)
  • 26
    Tabitha USA October 27, 2014 at 22:21
    Great story
  • 27
    Maureen Roswell GA October 27, 2014 at 22:25
    That's awesome! I wish I had my dad's 67 Caddie!
  • 28
    Rhona Duluth, GA October 28, 2014 at 08:14
    Love this!
  • 29
    shawn ohiokarr kettering ohio October 28, 2014 at 23:09
    That is one great store and car. Keep at it!
  • 30
    Ally Cincinnati October 29, 2014 at 16:29
    So proud!
  • 31
    Clyde Covington, KY October 29, 2014 at 19:13
    Inspiring!
  • 32
    megan United States October 29, 2014 at 20:13
    Loren that is an awesome story, sounds like you and your Dad and my Dad would get along great!
  • 33
    Emily Cincinnati October 29, 2014 at 20:45
    What a great story!!
  • 34
    Rob H Livingroom October 29, 2014 at 21:13
    Nice job Loren , couldn't happen to a nicer guy ! I know you will do it up right , I've seen your work !
  • 35
    Warren Mooresville, NC October 29, 2014 at 21:26
    Awesome story.
  • 36
    Geo O detroit metro October 29, 2014 at 22:45
    great story. Here's to great memories.
  • 37
    Dwayne Phoenix October 30, 2014 at 15:51
    This is a great story. Many of us think back on the one special car that we now wish we never pated with. To read your story and envision how you dad felt when you told him is wonderful. Keep the updates coming.
  • 38
    Rich Washington state November 5, 2014 at 19:51
    That's a great story Loren, and I'm very happy for you. A few mods must have been made on that car, however, because it never ran 11.7s stock...never, ever. More like maybe 14.7s. It really wasn't that fast. Anyway, good for you! Rich

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