Gateway Classic Cars of Dallas is excited to offer for sale a Rarely seen 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible. After the gigantic success of the Mustang it wasnt long before Mercury got their own version called the Cougar. Starting with the Mustangs platform they stretched the wheelbase for more rear-seat room and added plenty of luxury features to make it a more sophisticated alternative to the original pony car. At the same time the car saw success in Trans-Am with Dan Gurney behind the wheel proving it to be more than a watered-down muscle car.However its original role was short-lived with its nameplate being placed on everything from big station wagons to small front-wheel-drive coupes over the next 30 years. The 1973 XR7 Convertible was the last gasp for the original Cougar.At first glance the giant headlights and grill of the 1971 redesign make the Cougar look big and the mandatory crash bumpers added in 73 exaggerate this even further. However the cars wheelbase grew by just an inch and the body is slightly shorter than a contemporary Mustang netting a 100- to 200-pound weight advantage over the Ford.Like its predecessor Mercury didnt skimp on the luxury. The top-of-the-line XR7 was lined with wood-grain paneling and had a range of options including power leather seats electric windows and a factory-installed air conditioner. Disc brakes and a compliant suspension round out the package making the car a good daily driver.The switch from gross to net power figures meant the Cougar was down on power but aside from some option changes maintained the performance of earlier models. The 428 was gone but buyers still had a choice between a 168 hp 351 Cleveland V8 or a 264 hp 351 Cobra Jet. Under the old system these engines would have been rated at around 250 and 325 hp respectively.Less than 4500 convertibles were built that year of which 3166 were XR7s. That makes them rare today but these comprised the highest single-year sales for drop-tops in Mercurys history. This was due to impending safety regulations that lead buyers into believing this would be the last convertible Mercury would ever build.A combination of rarity and practicality has made the 73 XR7 Convertible a hit with collectors. It has features that are expected in modern-day cars yet its lightweight design means it doesnt sacrifice performance over the Mustang.This 1973 Mercury Cougar is featured with our Dallas showroom and can be seen in detail including 100+ HD photos and an HD video at www.GatewayClassicCars .com. For additional information please call our staff at 817-310-9400 or email us at Dallas@GatewayClassicCars .com. If you want to see it for yourself come by our Dallas Showroom located by the DFW airport.