The Mercury Cougar started out way back in 1967 as an up-market version of the Ford Mustang. For its first two generations the Cougar was based on the Mustang, but then in 1974 it changed to a big Torino intermediate platform where it was a counterpart to the similarly plus sized Thunderbird. In 1980 the Cougar was switched to the compact Fox platform where it was a counterpart to the Thunderbird and Granada, but in 1989 it was switched to the MN12 platform where it got things the Fox didn’t have, like an independent rear suspension and available supercharged powertrains. A few years later the Cougar name was put on a front-wheel-drive thing that was based on the European Ford Mondeo, but we don’t want to talk about that. Find this 1989 Mercury Cougar XR7 offered for $12,000 in Merrimac, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The first generation Mercury Cougar was a bit more than just an up-market Mustang coupe. It offered a few unique accouterments that were not available on the Mustang (such as pop-up hidden headlights) AND it was only available with V8 power (no wimpy inline-6s for the Cougar). As an additional hidden bonus, today’s Cougar is […]
The 30th anniversary gift for a wife is supposed to be diamonds or pearls, but I think that is a total load of DeBeers funded hooey — and anybody who really loves (and is still married to) his cougar after three decades would get her a Mercury. Find this 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7 offered for $1,750 […]
I am a big fan of the Mercury Cougar, not just because of all the instantly accessible cougar jokes, but also because they offer a great pony car experience with a twist of lime. For the first generation (1967-1970) they were typically well equipped with V8s, power brakes, power steering, 4bbl carbs, all the good […]
The first generation Mercury Cougar (1967-1970) was an up-market version of Ford’s popular Mustang pony car. It shared many mechanical components with the Mustang, but the sheet metal, interior bits and hidden headlights were only used on the Mercury. Although it was never available with the Mustang’s base inline-6 (only V8s) the Cougar leaned toward […]
The Mercury Cougar is a coupe styled Mustang derivative that filled the gap in Ford’s lineup between the cheap youth oriented Mustang and the big bloated/expensive Thunderturd. The XR-7 option trim sounded like some sort of space themed model, but in truth it was simply a luxury version, complete with wood trim, fancy interior and […]