62,350 Original Miles


Manual Transmission
3.8L Supercharged V6
210 hp @ 4000 rpm*
315 lb/ft torque @ 2600 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 7.5 seconds
Top Speed: 140 MPH
*Base Price in 1989: $19,650


*Seller Asking:


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Fast Facts:

  • This is Mercury’s version of the Ford Thunderbird SC. Powered by a supercharged V6 with air-to-air intercooler and a slick shifting 5spd manual transmission designed by Mazda. Features RWD with a “Traction-Lok” limited slip differential
  • The design employs a steeply raked windshield (63.9 degrees) and upright roof pillars (giving it a square-back look). The upright pillars allow for more rear headroom than the sleek design of the Thunderbird coupe
  • Features “automatic firm ride control”. This system employs a control module that monitors speed sensors, brake pressure, steering sensors, and acceleration from the ECM. The data is used to soften or firm up the shocks appropriately within milliseconds. For example, the shocks will firm up during hard cornering, yet will change to a smooth setting on the highway. The driver can manually select a “firm” ride at any given time
  • The XR-7 features . It utilizes a self adjusting clutch (SAC), a relatively new technology for the decade. This setup automatically compensates for wear and ensures that the force needed to press the clutch pedal (as well as the engagement point) remains the same throughout the life of the clutch
  • The monochromatic paint scheme is unique to the XR7 (meaning that the entire exterior is red, trim and all). This is at a time when most cars featured unsightly black exterior trim and wore unpainted front and rear bumpers
  • Mercury initially wanted to launch the XR-7 with Ford’s 5.0 V8 from the Foxbody Mustang, but the lowered cowl of the new Cougar chassis wouldn’t allow the V8 to clear the hood. Eventually the engineers got it to fit without changing the styling, and in 1991 the XR-7’s V6 was replaced with Ford’s 5.0L High Output V8
Key Model Year Changes:

  • First year of the 8th gen Cougar
  • New 4-wheel independent suspension and electronic speed sensitive variable assist power steering
  • The XR-7 couldn’t be optioned with a black interior until the following year (1990)
  • No significant updates for 1990. The 1989-90 model years are virtually indistinguishable extra for a few added options and colors
  • 1991 was the first year of Ford’s 5.0L V8 from the Mustang and Lincoln Mark VIII (replacing the supercharged V6)

Seller Notes:

  • Supercharged V6 with 5spd Manual trans
  • Single family ownership since new
  • Always garaged
  • Perfect CarFax Report. Service Records
  • Owner’s manuals, extra keys, factory brochure, window sticker, etc
  • Diagnostic maintenance monitor. Ride control system
  • XR-7 specific monochromatic exterior paint treatment


  • Location: Bend, Oregon – (more photos below)
  • UPDATE: ad is no longer available (sold or expired)

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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability

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