1968 7.0 Litre Cougar GT-E

6 1968 GT-E's

 The 7.0 Litre GT-E was an option package available on 1968 Cougar standard and XR-7 models.

The specific equipment provided in the GT-E option package included:

  • Cougar 427E V-8 (4V) engine rated at 390 horsepower (before 5/68) or 428 Cobra Jet Ram Air V-8 (4V) engine rated at 340 horsepower (after 5/68)
  • Bright Engine Dress-Up Kit:
    • Chrome rocker covers
    • Oil filler cap
    • Dip stick
    • Radiator cap
    • Air cleaner housing
1968 Cougar GT-E
  • Select-shift Merc-O-Matic three speed automatic transmission
  • Super Competition Handling Package
  • Radial-ply FR70 X 14 wide-tread WSW or red band tires
  • Power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Power steering
  • Power booster engine fan
1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Engine
  • 7.0 Litre GT-E badges on front fenders
  • Quad chrome exhaust pipe outlet tips
  • Styled steel wheels
  • Unique front grille with blacked-out vertical bars, and horizontal bright trim bar
  • Power-dome hood with simulated air intakes
  • Unique body side moldings with silver gray argent below the molding
1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Interior

Interior Colors & Material

1A Standard Charcoal Black Crinkle — All Vinyl
1B Standard Light Blue Crinkle — All Vinyl
 1D Standard Dark Red Crinkle — All Vinyl
 1F Standard Medium Saddle Crinkle — All Vinyl
 1G Standard Light Ivy Gold Crinkle — All Vinyl
 1K Standard Light Aqua Crinkle — All Vinyl
 1Y Standard Light Nugget Gold Crinkle — All Vinyl
 2A Standard Charcoal Black Crinkle Vinyl & Charcoal Black Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 2B Standard Light Blue Crinkle Vinyl & Light Blue Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 2D Standard Dark Red Crinkle Vinyl & Dark Red Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 2F Standard Medium Saddle Crinkle Vinyl & Medium Saddle Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 2G Standard Light Ivy Gold Crinkle Vinyl & Light Ivy Gold Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 2K Standard Light Aqua Crinkle Vinyl & Light Aqua Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 2Y Standard Light Nugget Gold Crinkle Vinyl & Light Nugget Gold Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 4A Standard & B/S Charcoal Black Crinkle Vinyl & Charcoal Black Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 4B Standard & B/S Light Blue Crinkle Vinyl & Light Blue Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 4D Standard & B/S Dark Red Crinkle Vinyl & Dark Red Rhino Pattern Vinyl
 6A XR-7 Charcoal Black Levant Grain Vinyl & Charcoal Black Leather
 6B XR-7 Dark Blue Levant Grain Vinyl & Dark Blue Leather
 6D XR-7 Dark Red Levant Grain Vinyl & Dark Red Leather
 6F XR-7 Medium Saddle Levant Grain Vinyl & Medium Saddle Leather
 6G XR-7 Dark Ivy Gold Levant Grain Vinyl & Dark Ivy Gold Leather
 6K XR-7 Light Aqua Levant Grain Vinyl & Light Aqua Leather
 6U XR-7 Pastel Parchment Levant Grain Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Leather with Black
 6Y XR-7 Light Nugget Gold Levant Grain Vinyl & Light Nugget Gold Leather
 8A XR-7 XR-7 Charcoal Black Crinkle Vinyl & Charcoal Black Clarion Knitted Vinyl
 8B XR-7 Dark Blue Crinkle Vinyl & Dark Blue Clarion Knitted Vinyl
 8D XR-7 Dark Red Crinkle Vinyl & Dark Red Clarion Knitted Vinyl
 8F XR-7 Medium Saddle Crinkle Vinyl & Medium Saddle Clarion Knitted Vinyl
 AA Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle — All Vinyl with Black
 AB Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle — All Vinyl with Blue
 AD Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle — All Vinyl with Red
 AF Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle — All Vinyl with Saddle
 AG Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle — All Vinyl with Gold
 AK Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle — All Vinyl with Aqua
 AY Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle — All Vinyl with Nugget Gold
 FA Standard & B/S Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Black
 FB Standard & B/S Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Blue
 FD Standard & B/S Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Red
 FF Standard & B/S Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Saddle
 FG Standard & B/S Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Ivy Gold
 FK Standard & B/S Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Aqua
 FY Standard & B/S Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Nugget Gold
 UA Standard & B/S Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Black
 UB Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Blue
 UD Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Red
 UF Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Saddle
 UG Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Ivy Gold
 UK Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Aqua
 UY Standard Pastel Parchment Crinkle Vinyl & Pastel Parchment Rhino Vinyl with Nugget Gold
1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Interior
1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Playboy Ad

Mercury Cougar GT-E: A muscular addition to the Cougar line, the GT-E possesses such amenities as the formidable 427-cu.-in. hydraulic-lifter V8 that develops 390 horsepower, a bulging hood scoop whose primary function is to let the observer know what’s under the hood, redisigned disappearing headlights, power steering and disk brakes, a work-horse 3-speed automatic transmission, styled steel wheels and an instument panel (right) that proves attractively functional.

Production Statistics for 427 & 428 Cobra Jet Cougars

Date of Statisics: February 20, 2021

Standard XR-7 Total Percentage
427 (W-Code) 63 / 102 185 / 255 248 / 357 70
428 (R-Code) 14 / 14 23 / 23 37 / 37 100
Total 77 / 116 208 / 278 285/ 394 73
Percentage 66 75 73

What the Numbers Mean

  • First number = “Accounted for” by GT-E Registrar
  • Second number = F-L-M Production Database (courtesy of Marti Auto Works)

“Accounted for” does not necessarily mean “Found.”  In some cases, it means that we’ve found some verifiable physical evidence of the car outside of F-L-M Production information, which therefore allows its use in the Registry.

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Engine

Choice of 11 Exterior Paint Colors

Paint Code Ditzler # Paint Colors Produced
A 9000/9300 Black Onyx 25
B 50746 Black Cherry 23
D 13357 Nordic Blue Poly. 43
F 13329 Madras Blue Poly. 22
I 43576 Lime Frost Poly. 18
Q 13619 Glacier Blue Poly. 5
R 43644 Augusta Green Poly. 64
T 71528 Cardinal Red 134
U 12745 Caribbean Blue Poly. 5
X 13356 Wellington Blue Poly. 12
Y 22833 Grecian Gold Poly. 40
3 60449 Calypso Coral (Special Order) 2
the Mystery Muscle Car Mercury Cougar GT-E book by Don Skinner

1967 Mercury Cougar GT-E 427 Side-Oiler Engine

427 Side-Oiler Right
427 Side-Oiler Left

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Press Releases, Promotions & Advertising

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Press Release
1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Press Release
1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Ad
1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E Magazine Cover

Colors of the 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: A | Ditzler #: 9000 & 9003 | Paint Color: Onyx

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: D | Ditzler #: 13357 | Paint Color: Nordic Blue Poly.

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: F | Ditzler #: 13329 | Paint Color: Madras Blue Poly.

1968 Madras Blue Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: I | Ditzler #: 43576 | Paint Color: Lime Frost Poly.

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: Q | Ditzler #: 13619 | Paint Color: Glacier Blue Poly.

1968 Glacier Blue Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: U | Ditzler #: 12745 | Paint Color: Caribbean Blue Poly.

1968 Caribbean Blue Poly Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: R | Ditzler #: 43644 | Paint Color: Augusta Green Poly.

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: T | Ditzler #: 71528 | Paint Color: Cardinal Red

1968 Cardinal Red Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: X | Ditzler #: 13356 | Paint Color: Wellington Blue Poly.

1968 Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: Y | Ditzler #: 22833 | Paint Color: Grecian Gold Poly.

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E

Paint Code: 3 | Ditzler # 60449 | Paint Color: Calypso Coral

1968 Calypso Coral Mercury Cougar GT-E