1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
The 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator is a big bruiser of a cat from the height of the muscle car craze, building off of the successful pony car formula of the Cougar’s little brother, the Mustang. The functional ram-air intake on the hood barely hides a massive, NASCAR-inspired 428 Super Cobra Jet engine. Like many muscle cars of the era, the Eliminator’s engine was seriously underrated by Mercury, and the 428 big-block was good for more than 400 horsepower right out of the box. Nearly too much for the street, it is hard to miss the Eliminator's bold spoiler, blacked-out grille and headlight covers, and eye-searing color combinations like Competition Orange and Lime Green. The Eliminator was the vision of Larry Shinoda, whose work had previously inspired the ’63 Corvette Stingray and who was the father of the Boss 302 Mustang. The Eliminator is a real threat at stoplights or on the track, so when an Eliminator looms in your rear-view mirror, you’d best get out of the way.