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.

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Comments (18)

  • I snapped this car from the same movie at a car show in Melbourne Australia about 3 years ago...and yes...it is the actual car.

      1 month ago
  • Never saw this film. The car is amazing. The bond connection means nothing to me. The car alone is cool and worthy of the price in this restored condition. This belongs in the Lane museum.

      1 month ago
  • Take note people. That’s how you sell a car, perfectly restored and ready for the new owner to enjoy it! (And everyone he passes 😍) . I’m not a lover of soft tops but words cannot describe how much I want that car! (They can keep the skis 🤷🏻‍♂️) , had a ZZR in Candy apple Red and just love that colour. .. “Great looking car” 👍🏻

      1 month ago
  • I am no big fan of George Lazenby as James Bond but I adore Diana Rigg, especially in "The Avengers", as does, too. I love that series!

    Diana Rigg also was the first and only Mrs. Bond, wasn't she?

      1 month ago
    • I think you're right about that.

        1 month ago
    • I was sad to learn that Diana Rigg passed away recently, as did Sean Connery, but at least they will both live on for us to enjoy on DVDs.

      Jan

        1 month ago
  • Allessandro, thanks for sharing this news. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is my all-time favorite James Bond movie, and George Lazenby is my favorite James Bond (Sean Connery is a very close second).

    Diana Rigg turned in a truly believable performance in the film, so it was particularly tragic when she was killed.

    I also very much enjoyed her performances as Mrs. Peel, alongside John Steed (Patrick McNee) in the classic British T.V. spy series "The Avengers." Have you ever seen that?

    Jan

      1 month ago
    • As a long time Bond fan, I agree with you. With hindsight it was one of the best movies in the Bond canon...and it has one on the all time coolest movie soundtracks too!

        1 month ago
    • Driving in the ice race was pretty cool too (pun intended)!

      Jan

        1 month ago
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