Not all things were meant to last. Only a select few do and when that happens, they’re labeled as a true blue classic. That said the accolade can very well apply to the 1967 Mercury Cougar as its undying charms have not faltered for at least half a century. If anything, they’ve shined even brighter.
But with all its glitz and glamour, comes the secrets behind them. What is there to find in a Cougar? Is its undying charms all sorcery or is there a science behind them too? Today we find out.
In the early ’60s, Ford Motors was developing two lines of vehicles known then by their production codes: the T-5 (Mustang) and its upscale version the T-7 (Cougar). At the time, the company was still unsure whether or not the market would receive them positively. As the Mustang became a commercial groundbreaking success, the Cougar was next in line for production and release.
Selling beyond market forecasts and expectations, the 1967 Mercury Cougar was no doubt a success. It was even named as the car of the year by infamous Los Angeles based automobile publication, Motor Trend. This fame and admiration managed to carry over in the succeeding decades up to this very day and more and all that thanks to the vehicles beyond par specs and charisma.
Fitted with no less than the best of parts and features, the classic vehicle is nothing short of sterling regardless of decade. It comes with two engine options namely a 200 horsepower 289 cubic inch two-barrel V8 and a 335 horsepower 390 cubic inch four-barrel V8. Coil springs mounted over the upper control A-arm at the front where added while the rear came with Leaf Springs. The steering wheel came with a two pod dash layout and console and to make way for a softer ride, it was also given softer suspension bushings. Inside, vehicle features a simulated wood-grained dashboard and a full set of black-faced competition instruments and toggle switches, an overhead console and T-type center automatic transmission shifter as well as vinyl and leather upholstery. But what made the 1967 Mercury Cougar a truly unforgettable and iconic machine in terms of looks has to be its “electric shaver”, the divided grille treatment that conceals the headlights as well as the T-bird sequential taillights.
Truly, the 1967 Mercury Cougar is here to stay. Perhaps even forever and really nobody’s complaining.
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