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    Posted: 24-April-2018 at 8:19AM
Hello all, just purchased a 78 XR7 with the Midnight/Chamois décor option....was a one owner car & I got a TON of receipts/paperwork with it.  VERY excited to finally get my hands on one...looked at a Cougar several years ago that was a photo negative (Chamois/Midnight) of my new ride. 351M, C4 with 134k....pics to follow....2 things I'm looking for though:  A front plate bracket, and (possibly) 2 front seatbelts (both shoulder harnesses were cut @ the buckle)...
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It was the XR-7’s sales performance, clearly, that carried the Cougar line. In 1976, the XR-7 had sold 83,765 units. For 1977, that figured increased by around 40k units, and reached 166,508 for 1978. In its swansong year, the big Cougar still managed a commendable 163,716. These were the highest sales numbers ever for the Cougar, as more of the XR-7 model alone were sold in 1978 and 1979 than even the Cougar’s debut year of 1967.
Cougar XR-7 coupes were available with various different décor packages, including a unique and heavily-promoted midnight blue and chamois package with coordinating interior trim and a padded trunk lid. You could load up your Cougar with various luxury goodies like power seats and windows, a power moonroof, and a bucket/console setup. All XR-7s came with distinctive louvered opera windows, as well as unique rear styling that included a raised trapezoid on the trunk resembling a squared-off version of Lincoln’s iconic trunk hump. You paid $500-900 over a standard Cougar coupe for the privilege of owning an XR-7. Heavy-duty suspension and full instrumentation were optional, but rarely ordered. These cars were cruisers, and handling ability was as mediocre as in the Torino and LTD II. Buyers didn’t care: they wanted a plush ride, sharp styling and a comfortable interior, and the XR-7 delivered.
 
 
Just a little information I found on the Web about your car....Welcome!


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Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
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Oh yeah, I did a bunch of research into these when I found tat 1st one a few years ago...I don't have the moonroof, but it does have the factory CB, and I got 4 NOS center caps with the car (good thing since the originals were gone)
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Thunderbird had its best yr's.77-79 yet ford dropped both. Ltd2 no so good only 87000+ two doors in 79
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Wecome! Sounds like a nice Cougar, I always liked that colour combo.   Share some pics if you have a chance. 
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Welcome to the forum, Adam. I remember my best friends' Mom had a Midnight/Chamois XR7 back in the early eighties. Hope you enjoy the car & good luck finding the parts you need for it.
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welcome! i remember my friend's grandpa bought one brand new that color, looked beautiful, but the thing we couldn't get over was that big long fancy car only had a 302 in it Shocked
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Sounds great!
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Welcome!  Looking forward to seeing your pics.

I've got the front license plate bracket.  I'll dig it up for some pics.
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VERY cool ride, and welcome to the forum!
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Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

welcome! i remember my friend's grandpa bought one brand new that color, looked beautiful, but the thing we couldn't get over was that big long fancy car only had a 302 in it Shocked
Yeah, not saying that would've been a deal-breaker, but I like the idea of having a 351 WAY more!!!Wink
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Welcome, sounds like a beautiful Cougar.
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