Forgotten James Bond 1969 Mercury Cougar could sell for $200,000
A beautiful Mercury Cougar from the 1969 film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'
When you put the words 'cars' and 'James Bond' in the same sentence, Aston Martin is always the first brand that springs to mind but the 007 movie franchise has featured a variety of different cars, including the wonderful 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible you see here.
This Cougar was used on set for the 1969 film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' with George Lazenby as James Bond and Diana Rigg as Teresa 'Tracy' Bond. According to a report by Marti Auto Works Elite, the car was originally built in the US, registered in the UK on 13 February 1969 and it is one of only three examples painted in Candy Apple Red with a black roof. All three cars were in fact included in the film for the opening scene and some chase scenes throughout the movie. One of the cars was unfortunately destroyed during filming and the other two, including this one, are now in Spain.
As you can probably see from the pictures, it is now in perfect condition because it was completely restored, including the chassis and the engine, a 428-4V Cobra Jet Ram Air V8, mated to a C-6 Selectshift automatc gearbox.
Apart from the gorgeous black steel wheels with F70X 14 'Belted Raised White Letter' tires, we've got dark read leather bucket seats and the chrome ski rack used to accommodate Tracy Bond's (Diana Rigg) skis.
This 1969 beauty is scheduled to go under the hammer on December 16 and expected to fetch at least $200,000.