Amalaising Grace: 1977 Mercury Cougar Villager Brougham Wagon

This next car’s name reads like a smörgåsbord of terrible automotive cliches, starting with the defunct Ford spin-off known as Mercury and concluding with Brougham, the horse drawn carriage named after a Scottish Lord…but first we’ve some explaining to do.  Find this 1977 Mercury Cougar Villager Brougham Wagon here on eBay bidding for $7,500 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Lakeland, FL. Tip from Rene.

The Cougar was a 2-door coupe based on Ford’s super popular Mustang but equipped at an entry luxury level…at least thought its 3rd generation.  In 1977 a new Cougar was introduced onto the Star Wars hungry public, and this thing went from Tie-fighter to Death Star.  Once a pony car, the Cougar was now bigger than the pony express, and available as an 8 passenger station wagon based on Ford’s intermediate sized LTD II platform.

Under the hood in this low mile classic (60,000 miles) is a factory stock 400 cubic inch two-barrel Cleveland V8 rated at 178 horsepower.  It won’t be remotely quick in any sense of the word, but at least this one isn’t powered by the base 134 horsepower 302 V8.

The inside of this thing is really clean and it is free of the normal wear/tear, puke stains, and golden retriever chew damage that you’d see in the average family truckster of this vintage.

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