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    1970 El Gato



    1970: El Gato
    Sporting a bold lime green paint job, El Gato (Spanish for "The Cat") was produced as a styling exercise for a futuristic-looking Cougar. Note the shaved door handles, chopped roof, and ultracool three-spoke 16" wheels with new-at-the-time Goodyear Polyglass radials. To say this Cat was before its time would be a serious understatement.

    While the front end merged styling from both the Cougar and the GTO, it still projected an evil stance. Note how the limited flat black striping ends inside the molded-on hood scoop. Also, the front and rear pans were rolled---a very advanced looking feature in an era of chrome bumpers. This was the first ever fastback Cougar.

    At the rear, LTD-style taillamps were broken at the left by the racing-style gas filler cap. The square center-exit exhaust tips lended a very unique air to the car. It is not known if El Gato still exists but it's presumed to have been destroyed (standard Ford practice for show vehicles at the time). You can read more information about El Gato here.


    Man, I like the styling on that car! Cool!!! I would like to find more pictures of this car.

    Now to turn mine into a fastback..........

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    I have seen that before! It is cool!
    your link however didn't work can you repost it or send it to me would be great to use for the newsletter!
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    Hi Juli,

    The link does not work on the original website where I grabbed the images from either:

    http://www.coolcats.net/

    There does not appear to be much information out there about this concept car, but I know it has been discussed on this forum before and I saw mention that this car may have been featured in a movie before disappearing.

    Anyone else have anything to add to the discussion?

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    It looks like A Bill Herbert from Casscade Cougar Club provided them with the info does anyone know if he is here on the forum?
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    Bill Herbert has disappeared by Cougardom completely -- no longer has a Cougar and does not participate any longer is Cougar events.

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    I was only able to find one additional photo:




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    Yup, "EL GATO" was cool. I wish someone with $ would make a clone if the original does not still exist..
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    I love that roof line. I've often thought about how to acomplish it. However I think that would be the only part. I love the 70 front and rear alot better.

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    The only part I don't like is the nose. Should put in something like a 67/68 or 69/70 center.


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    My thoughts.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Cougar_is_Grr8 View Post
    The only part I don't like is the nose. Should put in something like a 67/68 or 69/70 center.
    I like the chopped top and the fast back roof line as well. The rear end I think is pretty sweet as well. The nose reminds me of a El Dorado or Toronado or something along those lines. That could be fixed however.

    How about a 71-73 Mustang Fastback graft onto the back of a 70 Cougar. To me that seems just about right.

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    fairly certain they used a 69/70 mustang roof on it and i believe the rear 1/4 extensions are actually 69 cougar front fender extensions, the rear bumper/roll pan looks to be a heavily modified torino bumper, possibly a front bumper but maybe a rear one. i do like how the rear windows appear to be able to be rolled up and down, which you couldn't do on a 69/70 mustang fastback. i also like how they apparently tapered the bottom of the rear 1/4 panels as well. i think, however, the car would have looked a lot sleeker if they'd used the 69 front end on it and just modified the center section a bit and that from a guy who actually prefer the 70 beaver tooth grill.

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    Personaly, to me it looks like a torino from the back end and the roof is also from a torino. The exhaust is from a shelby but spaced appart a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougar2 View Post
    Personaly, to me it looks like a torino from the back end and the roof is also from a torino. The exhaust is from a shelby but spaced appart a bit.

    the roof is definitely from a 69/70 mustang fastback, a torino roof would more than likely be too large anyway since it was a mid-size car and the mustang/cougar were compacts

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    it also looks they modified the COugar 1/4 panels as well. look at the top of the 1/4 from the rear shot and it looks like they are space out at the top to work with with the fastback roof, exactly like the difference between a 69 Mustang coupe and fastback.

    it could very well be a modified torino decklid though.

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    More pictures of El Gato

    Here are some more pics of El Gato....

    Checkout this link..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bossmus...7606962177598/

    Look at the 1969/70 Detroit Auto Show pics, there's a great shot of Super cat, also a '69 Eliminator.
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