Dissecting the 1967 Mercury Cougar’s Undying Charm

1967 mercury cougarNot 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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The 1967 Mercury Cougar in the Silver Screen

mercury cougarWe’ve all had our fair share of movies and when it comes to flicks, actors and characters have often been the subject of discussion and praise. But every so often, cars steal the spotlight too and we’re not just talking about simple vehicles here. Think mean machines, vintage classics and even fictional remodels not even our time has seen. But of all the cars ever featured in the silver screen, one of the most celebrated and remembered is the 1967 Mercury Cougar.

But before we proceed with the movies, let’s get to know this muscle car a little bit better.

1967 Mercury Cougar

Known as Mercury’s very first and own pony car, it was a huge hit and no doubt a commercial success back in the day. The idea first came about in 1965 and it took a year to fully conceptualize, design and roll it out of production. The 1967 Mercury Cougar was made available in two models: the base and the XR-7, and two engines the 200 hp 289 cu in two-barrel V8 and the 335 hp 390 cu in four-barrel V8.

Known for being built on a hundred and eleven inch wheelbase, 3 inches longer than the Ford Mustang, it’s popular for its iconic and signature “electric shaver”: vertical bars and full-width split grilles that concealed the headlights and T-Bird sequential taillights. Apart from that, it also came with a two pod dash layout and console for the steering wheel, suspension bushings for a softer ride, coil springs mounted over the upper control A-arm, leaf springs, a simulated wood-grained dashboard, a full set of black-faced competition instruments and toggle switches, an overhead console, a T-type center automatic transmission shifter and vinyl or leather upholstery.

That was a mouthful, wasn’t it? So which classic movies featured this iconic and equally timeless car?

Walt Disney’s “Herbie Rides Again” in 1974 featured the Cougar. The flick was a sequel to “The Love Bug” released in 1968 which features a 1963 Volkswagen racing Beetle named Herbie as its titular character. Herbie was special in that it exhibits human emotions and qualities and has a mind of its own. One of the racing vehicles in the film was a 1967 Mercury Cougar.

Another flick worth mentioning is the 1972 classic crime-thriller film directed by Michael Winner titled “The Mechanic”. Starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent about a veteran hit man whose signature was making his targets appear as if they died in accidents, it shows how a professional killer and a stranger who befriends him and wants to be his protégée live a life of regret, suffering and lust for change. The 1967 Mercury Cougar was no doubt a scene stealer but this movie was most notable for its initial sixteen minutes of zero dialogue as Charles Bronson prepares to kill one of his targets.

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