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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Taking Care of the Best Muscle Cars

car careTaking care of the best muscle cars is always easier said than done. Maintaining a regular vehicle alone is already quite the job so imagine how the tables would fair if we add the words “best” and “muscle” into the mix.

But we’re not here to talk about just how hard it is, rather, we’d like to share a few reminders and some tips in between to make the job a tad bit easier and manageable. Read up to find out more.

It’s important to know your car/s by heart. Muscle cars pertain to a fleet of vehicles that fit the definition of “sports cars with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving”. There’s a ton of them on the market and they comprise of vintage finds and new releases. Like people, it would be hard to take care of each if we do not know everything there is we could about them. We have to understand them to be able to provide for what they need.

You’d thank yourself for having a mechanic on call. There are tons of car shops out there but not a lot of experts for that muscle car you have. Like people, these machines need specific and qualified doctors too and it can take considerable effort and time to go looking for the right ones. Still, make the effort and have them on call for both regular maintenance checks and emergency moments.

A garage is like a womb. Unlike most of the material things we own, cars are pretty tough but they’re not indestructible. We have to protect them too and a garage does just that especially at times when they’re not in use. The elements may not bog them down in one go but they can wear out the vehicles faster so a shelter would be great.

Consistency is key. Taking care of your muscle cars requires a whole lot of consistency especially when it comes to maintenance and regular checkups. Don’t miss a beat even if things seem to be running smoothly. After all, prevention is better than cure.

Cleaning is underrated. Dust and dirt may seem harmless but they do much more than we’d come to think. For instance, brake dust can get baked into the wheels and corrode the metal. Dust can seep into the engine parts or tubes and create a wedge or blockage and eventually a malfunction. Plus, cleaning makes the car look and feel better.

So if the best muscle cars are such a responsibility to maintain and own, why do we even bother? They’re worth it. That’s the best way to put it.


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The Best Muscle Cars and Why They Reign Supreme


The word “best” is quite the subjective adjective. It is a remark that tantamount to a state of being better than everything or anything else. It’s the superlative or a paramount of sorts. But when we asked several car aficionados, collectors and fans, we realized there must be such a thing as the best muscle cars as their answers revolved around the following list. Take a look.

·      1970 Buick GSX

The GSX came with an A-body chassis and was available in two aptly named colors: the Apollo White and the Saturn Yellow. It had a prominent full length black stripe, which was outlined in red pin stripes, that crossed over to the standard equipment rear spoiler. Its wide oval tires, quick ratio steering and anti-sway bars, front and rear and quad-link suspension attached to a limited-slip rear differential, floor shifter, full black interiors and bucket seats complete the package.

·      1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi

Does the name ring a bell? Sure it does because this vehicle was named after the Looney Tunes character. Plymouth bought said rights for a $50,000 which at the time was already pretty monumental. On top of that, it spent $10,000 for developing its unique horn sound. Every car needs character. But more than that, this muscle car makes it to our list because of its performance. It’s dubbed as a back to basics machine with a choice between the 383-cid, 335 horsepower four-barrel V8 engine and the 426-cid 425 horsepower Hemi engine.

·      1967 Pontiac GTO

Like a true bad boy, Pontiac broke the rules as it fitted a 389 cubic inch V-8 engine into its Tempest and referred to it as the GTO. At the time, General Motors called for a ban against huge engines in smaller cars but with the GTO’s 360 horsepower and unmatched charm, executives from General Motors were won over and had the ban lifted.

·      1987 Ford Mustang 5.0

The last of the best muscle cars in our list was born out of Ford’s reinvention of its earlier mid-range pony car. With its modern feel, 225 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, the E7TE heads, forged aluminum pistons with valve reliefs and its ability to go from 0 mph to 60 mph in just a matter of 6.3 seconds, it won over so many hearts both then and now. Besides, don’t we all love the Mustang? It just never grows old. Ever.



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The Best Muscle Cars in the Big Screen

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Ford Falcon XB GT

Apart from the celebrities that star in them, many movies have become known for the automobiles they have featured. Audiences have gasped and stared at these and come to acquaint the film with the vehicle and vice versa which is why today we’ve decided to showcase the best muscle cars that the big screen has come to know.

But first, what is a muscle car? Generally, it refers to a variety of powerful, high performing automobiles that features powerful engines. To be more specific, they are two-door, rear wheel drive cars with massive and powerful V8 engines.

1968 Mustang GT

The more popular among the pack, the 1968 Mustang GT in the 1968 film “Bullitt” is one that people from many generations cannot forget. The dark green Mustang burnt asphalt on its trail in San Francisco with lead star Steve McQueen.

1973 Ford Falcon XB GT

In the 1981 film “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”, the plot featured lead actor Mel Gibson, ex-main force patrol officer, as he roamed around desolate post-apocalyptic lands in search for food, water and fuel with his Pursuit Special, a black V-8 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT.

1971 Mustang Mach 1

“Diamonds are Forever”, the 7th film of the .007 franchise which starred Sean Connery as MI6 agent James Bond, featured a red 1971 Mustang Mach 1 with a license plate that read CA52H6. In the car chase scene, Bond and Tiffany Case drove the vehicle around Fremont Street in Las Vegas.

1949 Mercury Club Coupe

The ever famous James Dean drove a black 1949 Mercury Club Coupe in the 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers entitled “Rebel Without a Cause”.

1969 Dodge Charger

General Lee was the name given to the 1969 Dodge Charger used in both television and movie for the franchise “Dukes of Hazard”. The vehicle was portrayed in crazy jump stunts, chases and scenes where it was reported that about 320 Dodge Chargers were used throughout filming with only 17 of them alive.

1976 Chevy Camaro

The 2007 “Transformers” movie featured a 1976 Chevy Camaro that turned into Bumblebee. Probably one of its main highlights throughout the film was when it pulled off a two-wheel stunt.

Truth be told, this list can go on forever seeing as how producers and moviemakers loved to have the best muscle cars up there with the stars on the big screen.

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