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.
I hate the idea of buying a 70s land barge American car and then putting a bunch of time/money into restoring it…because they drive terribly can look odd…but getting a 70s land barge that looks awesome AND is in fantastic shape has serious appeal. Let’s just hope the reserve on this “Midnight Chamois” (whatever that […]
The legend of the Shelby Mustang GT350-H Hertz race ready rental cars is an old campfire story among car guys, but a little known fact is that there were a few hundred Mercury Cougar XR7-G (G for Gurney…as in Dan Gurney) rental ready racers built alongside the Shelby Mustangs. This next example is a complete […]
Wrapping up our celebration of the first 5 cars posted to Daily Turismo, coming in at number 5 is the Mercury Cougar XR7 (Now read that again in your best Casey Kasem voice). Find this 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 for sale in New Haven, CT for $18,000 via craigslist. This post is part of DT’s 5th Birthday Celebration. 5 years ago […]
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 […]
The Mercury Cougar led an interesting life before the Mercury brand name was dissolved in 2010. The Cougar has been variously based on Mustang, Thunderbird and Mondeo platforms, but the non-Mustang versions are tragic. Find this “pony cousin” Fox body 1981 Mercury Cougar XR7 Coupe for sale in Moon Township, PA for $2750 via craigslist. Big […]