1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Super Cobra Jet
In an era when Ford's commitment was "Total Performance", they built this car. Somewhat of a Road Animal remaining in the Top 20 of the 50 fastest muscle cars.
Off the factory floor the high torque 428 Super Cobra Jet with fully functional cold air ram induction gave real horsepower in the 400 range. It is coupled to a close ratio 4-speed then linked to a Nodular 9" Traction Lok 3.91 diff. with staggered shocks. Factory drive train, numbers matching. All SCJ's came with the heavier Competition Handling Package and a Drag Pak; this was the Eliminator's Big Stick for 1970. The power steering and power front disc brakes make it pleasant to drive on the street, there are no frills with the simple but nicely finished Standard black interior, most of which is all original save carpet, headliner, front seat bottoms and package tray.
The Eliminator prototype was in the October 24, 1968, LA Auto Show as part of Mercury's "Pop-Art Streep Scene" (Street/Strip) and their "Win on Sunday Sell on Monday" marketing strategy.
The color is Competition Blue finished off with premium polyurethane single-stage paint, wet sanded and buffed to a mirror finish then complemented with the trademark Eliminator striping. Any panel replacement was done with factory Ford sheet metal, including the floor; quarter panels are still original, as can be seen at www.melatiniclassics.com, the complete resto project photo library.
Next is authenticity, the make it or break it. The original owner acquired the car in 1970 at a Lethbridge, Alberta dealership; he was young with shoulder length fair hair, wore bell bottoms, and had a steady job at the mill. The car was parked in the 1980's with 48,000 miles on the clock and there it stayed until it was purchased by us in 2007.
Most of the restoration was done by myself, after having the car stored under cover for several years, and yes, 3 years after resto began here is one of 7 built, 3 exist in Canada and 1 in the US, but with a different interior (there were 3 of these produced with a fancy interior).
The documentation includes original build sheet, dealership sales invoice (red copy), door tag, buck tag, Elite Marti Report (states 1 of 1) old color photos, the Cougar Registry, verification of parts and the car itself as the resto progressed was documented by a very helpful and knowledgeable person, numbers from another, and the steady flow of pointers by members of the Eliminator Owners and Enthusiasts club. Offered for sale at $256K USD.
Our car is considered by some to be the "Pinnacle or Top Cat" of that unique Mercury line-up with its exciting Ford performance options. The Eliminator has always been a diamond in the rough and is better known as one of the best all-around cars ever sold to the public with a touch of Ford's racing heritage.
Videos of Initial SCJ Engine Startup and First Road Test
|Competition Blue/Black Striping
|Super Cobra Jet Eliminator
|2 door hard top
|428 Super Cobra Jet