Cougar Eliminator (1969–197

Largely a counterpart of the Ford Mustang Mach 1, the Cougar Eliminator replaced the Cougar GT as the performance-trim Cougar. A $200 combination of two option packages, the Eliminator received a performance-tuned suspension, upgraded wheels and tires, a front air dam, and a rear spoiler. To distinguish the Eliminator from other Cougars, Mercury added blacked-out exterior trim, a Cougar rear badge (replacing the Mercury crest emblem), racing-style side mirrors, and model-specific body stripes. Four exterior colors were available: white, bright blue metallic, competition orange, and bright yellow.

Offered solely as a hardtop, the Eliminator was offered with all available Cougar engines, with the 351 Cleveland as the standard engine. As a running change during 1969, the Boss 302 engine (shared with the namesake Mustang) was added as an option; the engine was offered exclusively with the Eliminator.

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Part I: 1962-1963 Chevy II/Nova. After the rear-engine Chevrolet Corvair was outsold by the Ford Falcon in 1960, Chevrolet completed work on a more conventional compact car that would eventually become the Chevy II. The car was of semi-unibody construction having a bolt on front section joined to its unitized cabin and trunk rear section, available in two-door coupe and four-door sedan configurations as well as convertible and station wagon versions. The 1962 Chevy II came in three series and five body styles—the 100 Series, 300 Series and Nova 400 Series. A 200 series was also introduced, but was discontinued almost immediately.

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Part II: 1962-1963 Chevy II/Nova. The sportiest-looking of the lot was the $2,475 ($21,175 in 2020 dollars) Nova 400 convertible, 23,741 were produced that year. Available engines for the Chevy II in 1962 and 1963 included Chevrolet's inline-four engine of 153 ci and a new third generation 194 ci Chevrolet straight-6 engine. A V8 engine was not available in 1962 and 1963. In 1962 and 1963 the Nova option for the Chevy II was available in a convertible body style, and a two-door hardtop was available from 1962 to 1965. Like all Chevy two-door hardtops, the body style was marketed as the Sport Coupe.

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Part III: 1962-1963 Chevy II/Nova

For 1963, the Chevy II Nova Super Sport was released, under RPO Z03. It featured special emblems, instrument package, wheel covers, side moldings, bucket seats, and floor shifter, and was available only on the 400 series sport coupe and convertible. Cost of the package was $161.40.. The standard SS engine was the six-cylinder—but in 1964 the Chevy II received its first factory V8 option, a 195 hp 283 ci, as well as a 230 cu in straight six. At introduction in the fall, the hardtop coupe was missing in the in the lineup, Chevrolet subsequently reintroduced the Sport Coupe later in the model year.

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