Some features of the 1968 Mercury Cougar, a two-door hardtop coupe, include a standard 302 V-8 engine, standard, side marker lights, front outboard shoulder belts, optional swiveling steering wheel and an optional swiveling driver’s seat. Mid-year Mercury offered a limited edition version, the Cougar XR-7G, named after Dan Gurney, an American racing legend.
The 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7G features multiple special options, including a fiberglass hood scoop, racing mirror, road lamps, a power sun roof and hood pins. Four exhaust tips exit through the valance panel of the car.
Mercury Cougars with the Marauder 390 GT 325-horsepower engine, one of six available for the 1968 models, reaches 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. The 1968 Cougar has an 111-inch wheelbase and stretches 190.3 inches. Both the standard and XR-7 versions of the Cougar weigh a little over 3 tons. The 1968 Cougar has a three-spoke steering wheel with a prominent safety hub.
The 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E model features include a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission, adjustable heavy-duty shocks, power front disc brakes, styled steel wheels and quadruple trumpet exhausts. Other features include a specially-designed front grille with headlamps hidden behind flip-up doors, wide-tread tires with either a white or red band, and extra-stiff springs.