A REAL MAN’S CAR – THE 1967 MERCURY COUGAR


Publish date: 2016-03-02 19:53:32
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Specifications                                                                                                                                                     

  • 2-door coupe body type
  • RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 3-speed gearbox
  • Petrol (gasoline) engine with displacement: 4727 cm3/ 2885.5 cui, advertised power: 149 kW/ 200 hp / 203 PS (SAE gross), Torque net: 382 Nm/ 282 lb-ft
  • Characteristic Dimensions: outside length: 4834 mm /
  • Reference weights: shipping weight 1363 kg / 3005 lbs base curb weight: 1415 kg / 3119 lbs
  • Top speed: 167 km/h (116mph) (theoretical)
  • Fuel Consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c: 16.2l /100km/17.4mpg (imp.) / 14.5 mpg (U.S) / 6.2 km/l

 

Back in 1960’s, it is tough to find a reasonably priced car sporting 200 (149kW) 289 cu. in. (4.7) two barrel V8 to the 335 hp (250 kW) 390 cu. in. (6.4 L) four barrel V8 engines. When Ford Mustang was a massive achievement on sales, Ford decided to release Mustang-based Mercury for the coming 1967 year model.

The first generation of Mercury cougar with internal code T-7 that went on sale on September 30 1966 was a based and slightly modified Mustang chassis but with a 3 inch longer (76mm) wheelbase. Its distinctive Cougar grille with hidden headlamps, vertical bars, which is sometimes called the “electric shaver grille” that defined the front fascia, and on the rear, a similar treatment had the license plate surrounded on both sides with vertically slatted grille work, concealing tail lights with sequential turn signals taken from the Thunderbird plus a new sheet metal.

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The planned effort was made for the car to look more European. Many marketers named the new cougar as being more “European” than the Mustang. On December 1966 Playboy Magazine, the back cover advertised a Cougar as being European cheap macho.

Importing a European car will charge you 800 bucks and the car don’t even have the famed V8 engine!

Cougar was undeniably a car for men, the car costs more than 20 grand in 2016 dollars. Comparing to undeniably masculine European machines of the same year, Cougar still makes an impact with its cheaper tag; Alfa Romero 1600 priced at $3,318 then the $3,425 Sunbeam Tiger which bragged the same 289-cubic-inch Windsor V8. Cougar was still a better choice for every man back in 60’s who wanted to look more masculine while driving their way to their everyday jobs or whatever they are going to do for the day. The GT package includes Ford’s 390 cu. in. (6.4) with the upgraded suspension to accommodate the extra weight of the bigger engine and to give a better handling, better tires, powerful brakes and low-restriction exhaust .

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Cougar was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year 1967!

Cougar-r-r-r-r “Top Cat of the Year!”

Many men were thinking why should I settle for a 6 if I can get a perfect 10? With the price and specs of the Mustang twin, it looked manlier and a much better option than the Sunbeam Tiger.

Reference:
http://autoweek.com/article/classic-ads/1967-mercury-cougar-mans-car
Photo
http://www.barrett-jackson.com/archieve/event/item/1967-mercury-cougar-2-door-hardtop-133008
http://www.motortrend.com/news/1967-car-of-the-year-mercury-cougar

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