Trans Am Pics & Memories

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There were five Cougars prepared for Trans Am competition by Bud Moore Engineering.  There were also 3 Cougars prepared by independent teams. Of the five Cougars Bud Moore prepared, it is known that three of them were completed prior to the first Trans-Am event of the season which was held at Daytona, FL. on 02/03/67. These three vehicles, numbered 15, 16, and 98, were entered in competition during the 12 event series. #15, the most active Cougar, competed in all 12 se­ries events. #16 competed in only the first 2 events, after which it is thought to have been held in reserve as a back-up vehicle, or as a R/D vehicle. #98, which is believed to have been the first Cougar prepared and the original R/D vehicle, entered the series during the second event at Sebring, FL. on 03/31/67, after which it completed the balance of the season. #98 is the Cougar which ,appeared in the February, 1967 issue of Motor Trend magazine.
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#98, the first of the three original Cougars, is thought to have rolled off the Dearborn assembly line prior to 10/01/66, possibly as early as the end of the first week of 67 Mercury Cougar production on 09/10/66. It is also thought that this vehicle was a Lincoln-Mercury, Home Office, Special Order, that its DSO number was 84,70??, and that it rolled off the assembly line with a LeMans equipped 2 x 4V, 289 engine rated at 341 hp. The fifth digit of the Vehicle Identification Number would have been blank; i.e.: 7F91_500??? be­cause a code letter for the 289 Hi-Po engine in the Cougar line-up had not been assigned by the Lincoln ­Mercury, Production Control Department, Automotive Assembly Division.
When the #98 Cougar was delivered to Bud Moore Engineering isn't known; except to note that it was in their shop in mid October. David Pearson wrote an article for Competition Press / Autoweek, during that period of time, stating that he had seen the completed vehicle. #98 is also thought to have been in Carmel, CA for the 1967 Group II Cougar, Trans-American Sedan Championship series announcement on 11/01/66. Ed Leslie is thought to have tested #98 at Riverside International Raceway shortly after the Group II announcement.

Two additional Cougars, #15 and #16, are known to have rolled off the Dearborn assembly line as 390 GTs prior to·11/07/66. This is indicated by the one piece GT emblem on the front fenders, which appear in photos of the cars taken at Daytona during the first Trans-Am event. (390 GT Cougars produced after 11/07/66 used a two piece GT emblem.) A possible explanation for ordering them as GTs is that the GT package included disc brakes, 9" rear-end, and competition suspension. It is suspected that they were also Lincoln-Mercury, Home Office special orders and that their DSO numbers were #84,70?? The fifth digit in the serial number of these two vehicles would have been 7F91S5?????.

Note: It isn't known when they were delivered to Bud Moore Engineering, or if they were delivered with the 390 en­gines installed.
The original three Team Cougars were painted in a unique two-tone color scheme: Cardinal Red is thought to be the primary body color, including the hood and rear deck-lid areas - with Sheffield Silver used as an accent color over the roof area and below the side body lower sculpture line, including the front and rear valances. "Mercury Cougar", in the form of Mercury emblem script and in the form of COUGAR advertising block letters was painted on their rear quarters fenders. A round "Bud Moore" decal was on the forward section of the front fenders, and a large 'Team Cougar' decal was located on the roof pillars. The vehicle competition ID number was in a white ball at four locations: on the left forward hood; at center door, both sides; and at top center of the rear deck-lid.
The forth Bud Moore Engineering prepared Cougar was #41. Its first SCCA Trans-Am event was at Crows Landing, CA. on 9/10/67, where it was entered in competition by Allan Moffat Racing LTD. of Melborne, Aus­tralia. The #41 Cougar was a back-door operation, funded by Lincoln-Mercury, and put into service because they wanted to win the Manufacturers Championship. Three Cougars in active competition would have been better than two. #41 competed in the final four series events and was driven exclusively by Allan Moffat. Pre-race preparation and pit-stop action is thought to have been provided by Bud Moore Engineering and Goodyear.
The #41 Cougar was painted in the same general color scheme as the three original Cougars except that Nordic Blue is thought to have been the primary body color. The accent color is thought to be Grecian Gold, with the Gold being a carry-over color from the Alan Moffat Racing Cortinas. This vehicle may have rolled off the Dearborn assembly line sometime during the final weeks of 1967 Cougar production.
Note: It is not known if #41 was a 1967 Cougar or a 1968 Cougar because the accent color, thought to be Grecian Gold, was a 1968 color. It also isn't known when this unit was delivered to Bud Moore Engineering.
The fifth Bud Moore Engineering Cougar remains a bit of a mystery. Was this vehicle a late prepared unit planned for the 1968 Trans-Am season, which Lincoln-Mercury withdrew from? Lincoln-Mercury had in fact submitted a Form of Recognition for the 1968 Cougar as a Group II Sedan to ACCUS-FIA sometime after November 30, 1967.

Note: The Homologation papers which were submitted to ACCUS-F/A for the 1968 Cougar states that the manufac­turing of the model described in the recognition form was started on 08/23/67. (First vehicle VIN is listed as 8F91 0500001 , with the 5th digit '0' probably meaning a 302 Tunnel-Port engine) The minimum production of 1000 identical cars, in accordance with the specifications of the form, was reached on 11/30/67. What isn't clear is what was meant by the minimum production of 1000 identical cars, because Lincoln-Mercury didn't build 1000 Group II production Cougars in 1968. And when considering the time frame, excluding the UAW strike from 09/07/67 through 11/11/67, total Cougar production of 1000 units by this date is a low production number. Dearborn was capable of Cougar production in excess of the 2300 units per week average they maintained in calendar year 1967.

Of the original 5 Trans Am Bud Moore Competition Cougars, the only car to have been located is the #15 car, The #98 car is alleged to have been wrecked and destroyed at Sebring 1968 by the second owner Paul Pettey. .  It is alleged that the roll bar from #98 found itself into a 1969 Trans Am Race Mustang owned by Pettey. Later during the restoration of thee 69 Mustang in the 1990's, the #98 roll bar was removed, and is alleged to have been used as the basis for a restoration of another #98 Cougar.  Of the 3 independent Cougars, two are know to exist.  The Burien Lincoln Mercury Cougar and the Bob Estes Lincoln Mercury Cougar.  I own the Bob Estes Cougar

Reference to David Toms car?

Allegedly yes.

What vin number car is this?

Quote from: maecomotorsport on December 09, 2011, 03:24:46 PM

Allegedly yes.

The fabrication of the #98 car by dave tom  is more fact than  fiction. I removed the parts from the paul pettey  car and  still have some of the parts he did not get . 


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