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1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

photo © Eon Productions, United Artists
Tracy's 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 in front of Hotel Palácio Estoril, with Bond arriving in his Aston Martin DBS
photo © Eon Productions, United Artists

photo © Bond In Motion
One of the 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 cars used for the film on display at Bond In Motion, London.
photo © Bond In Motion

photo © Bonhams
One of the 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 cars used for the film was auctioned at Bonhams in December 2020
photo © Bonhams

Countess Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo (played by Diana Rigg) drives a red 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

Bond sees Tracy and the red Cougar for the first time when she passes him on a Portugese coastal road near Guincho Beach. The Mercury can then be spotted in front of the Hotel Palácio Estoril when Bond parks his green 1969 Aston Martin DBS next to it. Later in the film the car is used extensively during the escape from Blofeld's henchmen in Switzerland.

Tracy's car has Goodyear rally tires is registered in France, with licence plate 2318 TT 75 (75 is the département number for Paris).

While in Switzerland, the Mercury has ski racks with two pairs of Kneissl White Star skis mounted on it.

American automotive designer Carroll Shelby prepared the Mercury Cougar XR-7 with 428 Cobra Jet engine with Ram-Air.

Mercury was a brand of Ford Motor Company. In the end credits of the film, the producers "gratefully acknowledge the help and co-operation of The Ford Motor Company".

Three cars were used for the filming, with one most probably destroyed while filming. One of the cars was owned privately by a collector in Sweden, and then purchased by The Ian Fleming Foundation. The car was first put on display at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu and since 2014 in the Bond In Motion exhibition in the London Film Museum at Covent Garden. 

The third car is offered at Bonhams Bond Street Sale auction in December 2020.

Model cars
A 1:43 model car and diorama of the 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 was nr. 21 in the James Bond Car Collection, still easy to find on eBay. A smaller 1:64 scale model was produced by Johnny Lightning, and Corgi made several open (Corgi Juniors and nr. 99655) and more rare closed roof version (Corgi Rockets), all regularly offered on eBay.

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