Thanks, James. That's what I thought. Next question...did 68's have optional frontseat headrests? I would assume if they did they would have been just an added piece on top of the lowback buckets, right?
okay about the back seat head rest on the 68 is was not offered at the factory supposedly but gte 36 came with em. most beleive it was a dealer supplied option but according to john his bought his gte in 72 i beleive the head rest were ordered by the previos owner he is the second owner. but i believe it waws a dealer installed option. i am sure royce will have some input into this and he really is the man to answer this question. also like mark said the 69 elims were the only ones to get the high backs and they are a one year only seat as the 70 had the release on the bottom rear not the side as the 69 does.
Head rests were a factory option for 68. I have seen several cars including at least one GTE with them. They have two round rods going in to the top of the seat back. The 69 head rests have a single flat rod going in to the top of the seat back.
The high back seats for the 69 Eliminator have the seat back release about half way up the side of the seat and the 70s are at the bottem of the seat side. I under stand that the 69 high back seat was offered as an option in any Cougar if the buyer knew they could order them.
here is form TCCN on optional equipment i was mistaken the head rest were an option in 68 from the factory though there has been quite a bit of debate on the subject on weather it was done at the factory or dealerships.
and leon here is a copy of the head restraint standard for the US
Standard No. 202 - Head Restraints - Passenger Cars, Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles, Trucks and Buses with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 4,536 kg (10,000 lbs.) or less (Effective 1-1-69)
This standard specifies requirements for head restraints to reduce the frequency and severity of neck injuries in rear-end and other collisions.