1978 Mercury Cougar XR-7 351


Why don't they make them like this any more?

General Comments:

Have just received the car in Australia after purchasing from a seller in Nevada U.S.

Since the vehicle arrived, have received some documentation that the vehicle was originally purchased by Henry John Deutchendorf Jr., and since then discovered that this was John Denver's real name. Have now received original photos and clippings of John with my car, and had it verified by John Denver fan club members.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2005

20th Sep 2005, 11:08

Gosh, thanks for that informative review.

Fyi, John Denver wasn't even on the "B" list since long before his demise.

21st Sep 2005, 15:26

How cool!!! It is always nice to have a collectible car and be able to document it's past. Who cares what anyone else thinks? To answer your question, if they still made cars like that, no one would buy new ones:) Please write more about the specifics of your car.

22nd Sep 2005, 16:56

Why don't they make them like this anymore?

You mean, overweight, poor-handling, gas-guzzling, SLOW and last, but not least, shoddy quality?

Why, indeed.

20th Oct 2005, 19:23

Well, I have a Chrysler LeBaron convertible that was once owned by Jon Voight, so there.

--George Costanza.

1971 Mercury Cougar Hardtop Coupe 351 Cleveland


Man, this car looks tough, goes hard and really rocks!


No problems have occurred with this car apart from faults found during routine maintenance.

My particular Cougar is undergoing a ground up rebuild currently and parts are easy to find and not especially expensive with relevance to the era of manufacture.

General Comments:

Before the current rebuild, I had an engine rebuild, (to obtain more than standard performance).

I rebuilt the transmission due to oil leaks.

This car has a real go fast feel when in the drivers seat.

The rear seats are a bit of a waste of time due to their size. (Hey, who needs rear seats)

Even stock, the power from this engine could fry the 265 rear tires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2005