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!