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This or That – Season 2: 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Boss 302 or 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302?

Posted May 08, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Featured in this edition of This or That is a pair of small-block Bosses: a 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Boss 302 and a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. What’s wrong with a little sibling rivalry? The answer may depend upon your point of view. Such similar creations, though aimed at different price points, could strengthen the parent company’s overall market gain. Others, playing the devil’s advocate, offer that such a tack could cause rifts in the family, particularly from an on-track perspective. Like the events that unfolded during the 1967 SCCA Trans-Am season when Mercury nearly snatched the manufacture’s title from Ford. How’s that saying go about a house divided? Though Mercury was suddenly and conspicuously absent from A/Sedan racing thereafter, the division’s performance prowess in street form continued, which ultimately brings us here, posing the question of which sibling would you prefer to add to your dream garage. Before jumping to a quick answer, here’s a brief look at each (if you’d like to read more than we provide here, both were featured in our Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine; just click on the provided links above).

Two cars that at surface read are the same model, but offer very different driving and performance experiences.

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05/08/2018 11:38 AM

No question for me. It's the 'Stang, hands down. Doesn't matter if the Mercury is faster, handles better, or whatever. Life is too short to own an ugly car.

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05/08/2018 12:18 PM

"Beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder."

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05/09/2018 9:52 AM

From that angle the Merc looks a lot like a modern Challenger.

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05/09/2018 10:36 AM

The MOPAR look is remarkable.

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05/09/2018 10:48 AM

As the one time owner of a 71 'Cuda, I would have to agree.

(sadly the car did not handle water as well as the name would suggest)

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