In 1968, famous race car driver, Dan Gurney, signed with Lincoln-Mercury to promote cars that year and this special Cougar became Lincoln-Mercury's way of celebrating the contract. Although not a Dan Gurney Special -- which is a completely different car -- the G did stand for "Gurney". The XR7-G hit the showrooms in March of 1968. The only promotions were a full-page ad in the April 26, 1968, issue of Life magazine and a commercial ad for the power operated sunroof. The XR7-G package was based on certain equipment added to or in place of, the basic XR7 equipment. The special features included: •Lucas fog lamps •Unique hood-locking pins and lanyards•a fiberglass, simulated air scoop•a bullet-shaped, racing-type rear view mirror from Talbot shipped in from England•GT exhaust extensions--a pipe-in-a-pipe chrome tips •special XR7-G lower front and rear valances •unique XR7-G emblems on the pillars, trunk latch, head light door, dash, and wheel center caps •The spider-webbed wheels which were also known as "Rader Wheels". Lincoln-Mercury later recalled the Rader Wheels, replacing all XR7-Gs with the five-spoke style steel wheels. •Lastly, all XR7-Gs had unique consoles with Shelby-type shifter handles, different than all other Cougars.