" BLUE OVALS IN BARNS - PAGE # 35 "
This is the first Cougar Eliminator:
An acquaintance mentioned to me that his cousin owns a '69 Cougar Eliminator
in Oakland Park, Florida. The car has been sitting outside behind a warehouse for over 12 years!
The Elim is also all apart. The owner started to work on it but ran into a tough time and couldn't
continue with the work. I had got in touch with him and inquired about the car, he was reluctant
about selling it and mentioned that he'd already turned down several offers. While I looked at
the car, I took down the vin # and ordered a vin report from Marti Auto Works in Arizona
(great info for Ford owners). The report verified that it was a true Eliminator among other
options listed. After some more research, I found that the car was originally ordered in a fleet of
101 by Hertz Rent-A-Car all with the same options and color scheme. The car consisted of:
351w 4v, FMX, Sunroof, Console, A/C, White Decor Interior, Competition Orange Paint, Handling Suspension,
P/S and P/B. After negotiating---including a transmission for his truck, we finally worked out a deal.
I purchased the car and after a few months I was able to rent a storage bay to keep the car inside
and dry. I sent the vin number to Phil Parcells who runs the Cougar Database Project and he said,
that is the earliest Eliminator we have in the database. I then got back in touch with Marti Auto Works
and asked how many Cougars before mine came with the "Eliminator portion"? His response was none---
mine has the lowest vin number, making it the first Eliminator! I guess I am the lucky one to find this
bucket--ha ha ha. My plans for the car are to bring it back to stock in a concourse state---
then maybe I'll have to go with the oversized glass display box. - Mark Piechowski
Below: A Shelby Daytona coupe - these are real, the lady who owned it burned her
self to death and always through out her life refused to sell even for half a million - Zane G.
Update: In your collection of Fords there is a pic of Shelby Daytona on page 35.....Well I told one of
my friends about this car. He was like holy crap!...I think I know the car you are talking about.
He showed me this link to Car and Driver: Click here to Read Thanks, Anthony Williamson
This is a '69?
Cougar GT 351C with a sunroof and leather interior. Sat outside for years.
Above: 73 Torino
GT sitting behind the local watering hole for the last 8 years. -Dave O.