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    1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    Looking for first car

    I am looking for my first car. It is a somewhat rare model, maybe it is still out there?
    I bought it in 1974, second owner from a Mercury Dealer in Methuen Mass. It is a white, no vinyl top, with saddle leather interior. It came with a hood scoop similiar to the elimator and had a black single stripe up the center of the hood. It did not have air conditioning, or a rear window defroster and I believe the side mirror was a non-remote type mirror. It had a 428 CJ engine with the smog pump equipment installed. It was sold in late 1976 to a Toyota dealer in Lowell Mass. This was not my idea, thought parents were having a 4 speed transmission installed as a graduation gift from high school. Turns out they traded it in toward a Toyata Celica as my graduation gift. I didn't have the heart at the time to tell them how disappointed I was, they were quite thrilled to have bought me the new Toyota.
    * I know this is a shot in the dark to try and find it, if it is still even around. I don't have the numbers off it but know there were not a lot of them built in 1968 and fewer in XR7 format. Thinking even fewer in polar white with leather saddle interior. Don't know if I could afford to buy it back and doubt the current owner (if there is one) would want to part with her... Would love to know what happened to her! I have some pictures from '74-'76, most blk/wht but a few color. I will try and post some.
    * Hope someone can help me find out what happened to her. Wish I had more information but am thinking there can't be many more than a half dozen of them like this?
    Look forward to any info.
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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    There was one know to have been parted and scrapped. It was an XR7 with automatic and an open 3.50 rear axle. It was originally ordered from the Dallas DSO. The report of P&S came from New York.
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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    Charlie,

    I sent your post to Phil Parcells, the administrator of the CCOA national database. Here is the response I got back from him:

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    There are 2 polar white / saddle R-code XR7's known to the database. Both have been parted out. But one is a DSO 22 (Dallas) car, and the other is a DSO 84 car. So the DSO of these parted cars is not a good match for the car Charlie is looking for, assuming his was a DSO 11 (Boston) car. Maybe his car is still out there somewhere.

    Phil
    It might be worth contacting Kevin Marti to see if he could identify how many R-code, Polar White and Saddle cars there were. It might give you a short list of VIN's to look for, in case your car ever surfaces.

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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    Or do like I did; spent 5 years regularly searching the net for my car. I eventually found it, for sale, not too far from home.
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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    Glad Phil could identify another one. The report of P&S came from upstate NY so that might be close. I hope it is still roaming the streets somewhere out there.
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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    It does give a bit of hope that it still out there, sad to see that 2 got chopped up... I guess it helps put others back on the road. Anyone know how I might go about getting info from Kevin Marti on the vin #'s for R code cars from '68? Maybe that could help to track it down. Appreciate all responces I have recieved. Maybe there is a DSO11 out there still rolling on the road. I will put up a couple of pictures from the early 70's when I own it. Stuck in bed for a few, had gall blatter out this past weekend. Hopefully I can post them by this weekend.
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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    Hope your back on your feet soon Charlie.

    And please do post pictures. Photos are always appreciated, especially vintage ones!

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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    Charlie, here's a service that Marti does. It's not cheap, but hope it helps you. https://www.martiauto.com/secure/stats.cfm . Under "Other Options", you could put DSO 11 to help narrow it down. Hope you get on your feet soon also. John
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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    I got the pictures of my original car scanned into the computer today. Some are old polaroids and are a little less for the wear. I spent some time with photoshop to clean them up a bit. Don't know if any of you remember wiping the photos after they came out of the camera with some kind of chemical to seal them. Some of that stuff turned a brownish color on the black and white shots but I think I got them pretty cleaned up so they are presentable. I now just need to figure out how to get them posted to the site... I'm sure it can't be too hard, have usually had my wife post them but it is time I just take the time to do it myself. I think a lot of people post to "photobucket" and link them to the forum. If there is a better or easier way, don't be bashful, fill me in : )

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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    Upload to photobucket and post the "link" here is the way to go

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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

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ID:	30066Got the photos uploaded to photobucket, hopefully they will appear here. Let me know if there is a better way than I selected or if problem with images. Thanks Charlie
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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    I'll put a link to the Photo Album on Photobucket here in case the others are too small. Wish I had more photos of it, I will keep looking.
    http://s1262.photobucket.com/albums/...68%20XR7%20CJ/
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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    Wow, what a great looking Cougar.

    Thanks for posting!

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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    I like the picture with the winter tires. LOL

    Does Bill Quay have anything like that in the 1968 R code data base?
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    Re: 1968 Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet Polar White. Missing since 1976

    Cool vintage pics and I agree, the one with the snow tires reminds me of times past.

    Sure appreciate your posting these and I hope you find that long lost love.
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