Most folks just think of the Cougar as Mercury's version of the
Mustang, but the truth is that they're very different cars with
very different missions. With a unique body and interior, the
Cougar is instantly recognizable, and nice ones, like this 1967
Mercury Cougar coupe, are an absolute pleasure to own and drive,
especially with a fuel-injected 5.0 under the hood.
Originally painted code B Light Aqua, this big cat was repainted a color that's not too far off and still looks awesome. Refinished several years ago, the paint remains in good condition, and all appearances suggest that this car was never rusty or a basket case. Instead, it appears to be a nicely maintained car that has never needed major surgery, and the factory-style panel gaps and alignment bear this out. The paint shows some signs of use and age but, but everything has a good overall look and nothing stands out as too fresh or too deteriorated, so it looks right. A professional cut and buff would probably transform this from a merely nice car to one that makes people stop and stare, but that's probably overkill. The chrome is similarly nice and appears to be original, and the black vinyl top is undoubtedly original and in fantastic condition. The Cougar offered unique lighting, with folding headlights up front and sequential turn signals out back, and they all work properly and look awesome.
Interior design in the Cougar was clearly inspired by aircraft, and it has a very cool '60s vibe that makes you think of Steve McQueen and Sean Connery movies when you're at the wheel. The front buckets have been reupholstered in beautiful two-tone aqua, and the vinyl is a close match to the original. The vast dashboard features round gauges with delicate markings and needles, reminiscent of the Smiths gauges found in British sports cars and the Shelby Cobra. Especially cool are the toggle switches for interior lighting and the very aircraft-like levers for the A/C controls to the driver's left (the A/C blows cold!). An AM/FM/CD stereo has been fitted in the original location right above the "garage" storage compartment, and there was no cutting, so it looks like it belongs and can be returned to original without worries. The surprisingly roomy trunk is outfitted with a plaid mat and spare tire cover, and the battery has been relocated to make room for the fuel injected V8 up front.
The nice thing about the venerable small block Ford V8 is that they're widely interchangeable. Lift the hood on this Cougar and you'll find that the original C-code 289 is gone, and in its place there's a fuel injected torque factory better known as the EFI 5.0. It's a nice fit and with factory-style fuel injection and modern hardware, it's daily driver reliable and considerably more powerful than the original. Power steering is suitable to the big Cat and the Flowmaster exhaust system gives it that familiar 5.0 Mustang soundtrack. It's backed by an AOD 4-speed automatic transmission from a Mercury Grand Marquis, and with 3.25 gears out back, this Cougar is your next road trip machine. Unusual 14-inch wheels wear perfectly-sized 205/70/14 white-letter radials.
All the performance of the Mustang, but in a more mature, luxury-oriented package, with a strong-running engine, all for less money than a comparable Ford...sounds good, doesn't it? Call today!
Pick of the Day is a car driven less than 2,200 miles in 4 decades
Mercury Cougar was Ford Mustang’s higher-achieving but less-successful sibling.
This historic vehicle was purchased at a Barrett-Jackson Auction, where it was the Hagerty Fantasy Car Bid of the Day.
At first glance, this great-looking 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 coupe seemed like the kind of low-mileage survivor that spent most of its life hanging out in the garage.
When is a classic Ford Mustang not a Mustang? When it is a Mercury Cougar. The Mercury Cougar was a more luxurious version of the Mustang and offered a nicer interior.
I am the second owner of this car purchased in 1976 from a retired Air Force colonel who had been stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Prices may continue to soar at collector car auctions, but the June report of the Hagerty Market Rating sustained its largest decline in the past 14 months.
I was looking for some kind of pickup truck, but in a car lot in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, there was this Big Cat!