Facts You Need to Know Before Buying a 1967 Mercury Cougar

1967-mercury-cougarThe 1967 Mercury Cougar is perhaps one of the most celebrated muscle car of the sixties with its signature “electric shaver” and came with a two door notchback hardtop and a “GT” performance package. But before you go out and get yourself a 1967 Mercury Cougar, here are a few facts and reminders for you to know.

1.    It came in two models. – Considered to be Mercury’s first pony car, the Cougar was released in two models namely the base and the XR-7; the latter being more sought after than the former. This was because the XR-7 boasted of a full set of black-faced competition instruments and toggle switches, a simulated wood-grained dashboard, a T-type center automatic transmission shifter, an overhead console and to top all that it came with a vinyl or leather upholstery.
2.    It has one of two types of engines. – Buyers at the time had the two options which were the 200 hp 289 cu in two-barrel V8 and the 335 hp 390 cu in four-barrel V8 engines.
3.    It’s famous for its “electric shaver”. – This feature marks the very personality for which the Cougar was visually known for and recognized. Vertical bars and a full-width split grille concealed the headlights. The T-Bird sequential taillights were likewise given the same grille concealing treatment.
4.    It’s longer than the Mustang. – The 1967 Mercury Cougar was manufactured to have a hundred and eleven inch wheelbase. This makes it officially three inches longer than a Mustang.
5.    It’s not going to be cheap. – The thing with classic cars like this is that although considered to be “antique”, they come with so much value packed within their history. They are after all a rare find so it would be no surprise if you find that many of those available and traded in the market come with a hefty price tag. They can range from $10,000 to $35,000 depending on the condition, specs and upgrades. Although it’s possible to come across one that’s lower on the price range, say $2,000 and less, expect more work and overhauls to be done. It’s a risk but one that many aficionados are excited to take given the accomplishment of having revived an almost beat-up car. We’re not even talking about maintenance yet.

Are you ready to take on and purchase your very own 1967 Mercury Cougar? If so then we wish you good luck!

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Decoding the LT4 Crate Engine

lt4When Chevrolet unveiled its resto-mod concept during the SEMA show featuring the Custom 1970 Camaro RS, people got to talking. The vehicle that featured the perfect marriage between vintage and tech was a real beauty but more than appearances, its LT4 crate engine has to be its biggest asset. Today, classiccarlabs.com tells us more about it.

Dubbed as General Motors’ most powerful engine to date built for ultra high performance vehicles, the LT4 is currently used in the Corvette C7 Z06 and third-generation Cadillac CTS-V sedan. By 2017, it’s also likely to be installed and built into the 2017 Camaro ZL1.

Produced as part of the company’s 5th generation Small Block engine family, the much celebrated powerhouse of a machine displaces 6.2 liters, has eight cylinders in a V-shaped layout and features a purpose-built supercharger. If that’s not enough to catch your attention then we don’t know what will. Certified car enthusiasts have been setting their eyes on it the moment it was released.

The LT4 crate engine also boasts of several other features. It’s got a dual brick air to liquid intercooler, a dual pressure control oil pump, a dual-equal cam phasing,  a high pressure fuel pump, a next generation Eaton supercharger, a standard dry-sump oiling system, a variable displacement dual pressure control vane pump with increased flow capacity, an active fuel management cylinder deactivation, an aluminum balancer for reduced mass, highly machined forged powder metal steel connecting rods, lightweight titanium intake valves, PCV integrated rocker covers, Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that proved to be better at handling heat compared to others of its kind, stainless steel exhaust manifolds, and unique and durable structured forged aluminum pistons.

What makes the LT4 crate engine an even awesome find is the fact that General Motors manufactured it in such a way that it’s bound to shatter expectations. At first, aficionados and critics didn’t believe the announcement but leave it to GM to prove them wrong. They weren’t kidding when they said that its’ going to be a 650 horsepower monster that comes in the most compact and lightweight version.

Perhaps the only drawback which isn’t really a disadvantage to begin with is that the LT4 with its with aluminum block and heads weighs 529 pounds. That’s a slightly modest increase compared to its LS7 predecessor which only weighed about 454pounds according to classiccarlabs.com.

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What It Takes to Own a Cougar

1968-mercury-cougar-gtPerhaps one of the most talked about collectibles in the world of muscle cars would have to be none other than the esteemed Mercury Cougar. Since 1967, these bad boys and mean machines have struck fame and admiration from collectors and enthusiasts all over the world. But what does it take to own one? We’ve asked Classiccarlabs.com and here is what they had to say on the matter.

1.    Money – First up, you need to have adequate finances. It comes as no surprise that these vehicles come with quite a hefty price tag. Remember, these are rare finds and not many of those that are still in circulation are in fact in great condition. The numbers may vary but expect to spend quite an amount on one. Vehicles are after all one of the most expensive material purchases that one gets to spend on in their lifetime. Imagine how much more it would be for a vintage one like this?
2.    Knowledge – A good car owner is familiar with their machine. An awesome car owner does knows a whole great deal about their vehicle, how it works, the maintenance it needs, where to take it when hiccups occur and even some history. As they say, knowledge is power and this is true when owning a Cougar. You can’t facilitate its care and maintenance is you remain lackluster about it. There is more to owning a car than just holding the ownership to it.
3.    Garage – You simply cannot leave your vintage vehicle parked anywhere. That is basically a crime. Leaving it exposed to various elements that could hasten up its wear and tear process is pretty much suicide in terms of automobile care. A spacious and adequate garage will be necessary and vital. Make sure that one is available or else start building or looking for a place to serve such function.
4.    Mechanic – There may be many mechanics lying around in your area but not all of them are experts when it comes to dealing with vintage vehicles such as that of the legendary and classic Cougars. These automobiles need an ‘extra’ on everything so be sure to find someone whom you can have on call when a situation for it arises.
5.    License – You’re planning to drive your Mercury Cougar are you? To do so, you must of course get a driver’s license. A chauffer works too but then again where’s the fun in that asks Classiccarlabs.com.

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The Best Muscle Cars of the 60s

Muscle Cars may have been a classic breed and although they are no longer manufactured today, that doesn’t mean that their appeal has lost its spark. In fact, more and more aficionados have come to search far and wide for these collectibles, particularly those released in the sixties or the so called age of the best muscle cars.

If you happen to have a certain love and interest over these mean machines then we bet this list we have here would be of great interest to you. Behold, the best muscle cars of the 60s!

1968 Dodge Charger

Completely restyled with a sleeker and curvier body with lots of chrome, the Dodge Charger featured a long hood, full width grille with concealed headlamps. The interior was filled with vinyl bucket seats, ashtray light, an electric clock and a three spoke steering wheel. At the time, the vehicle already made headlines after selling a total of over 96,000 units for $3,500. The vehicle came in two versions with one having the option of a 426 Hemi engine that would add a $600 value to the price but with the potential it gave, many people shelled out the added cost.

1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake

Characterized by its streamlined sports car look, the Cobra is considered to be one of the rarest American muscle cars in all of history. Care to wonder why? Only two units were made. Yes, you’ve read that right: two! What makes this muscle car extra masculine and the reason why it belongs in this list is because it comes with a 427 cu. in. V8 engine accompanied by a pair of Paxton superchargers that further elevates the horsepower to 800. Super, indeed.

1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi

1968-plymouth-road-runner-green (1)What made the Plymouth a hit was the fact that the manufacturers placed a lot of work and emphasis on performance. Although it doesn’t look as much as the other vehicles released within the same decade, it is still awarded a spot as one of the best muscle cars for featuring a back to basics machine with a 383-cid, four-barrel V8 engine with 335 horsepower or a 426-cid Hemi engine with 425 horsepower. Another hit with vehicle was the mere fact that it was named after the Looney Tunes character. As a matter of fact, Plymouth bought the rights to the name’s use for a whopping $50,000 and an additional $10,000 for developing its unique horn sound.

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Four of the Most Unforgettable Cars on TV

batmobile classic car labsMovies have featured famous cars that surely made a long lasting impression. That is certainly true but aside from that, the small screen also had its fair share of these celebrity cars. Here’s this list Classic Car Labs’ made on the four famous cars on television.

Batman – 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept 

In the 60s, ABC network aired 120 episodes of “Batman” which lasted from for 3 seasons from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968. The DC comic superhero was popular for his gadgets and of course his car called, the Batmobile. George Barris, American designer and designer of custom cars, designed it from a 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept.

Starsky & Hutch – 1974 Gran Torino

“Starsky & Hutch”, a police thriller shown from 1975 to late 1970s on the ABC network. It featured Southern California detectives David Michael Starsky and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson, who were played by actors Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul. The show featured them patrolling the Bay City, California with their bright red mid-1970s Gran Torino that comes with prominent white vector stripe on both sides.

Bewitched – Chevrolets

The popular American tv fantasy series that had an 8 season run from 1964 to 1972 featured not one but a multitude of Chevrolet vehicles. There’s the 1964 Chevelle that served as the family car during the 1st season. The show also used the 1970 Pontiac Bonneville , the 1965 Malibu, the 1969 Chevelle SS Malibu, the 1972 Antelope and the 1968 SS Camaro.

The Dukes of Hazzard – 1969 Dodge Charger

Perhaps the most well-known automobile from TV, General Lee is difficult to beat. It was a red 1969 Dodge Charger but there were plenty of them. Hundreds were actually used for filming which reportedly reached 320 in total with many of them destroyed while performing tricks. The popular American show that aired on the CBS network were  played by stars John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Catherine Bach who played as cousins Bo, Luke and Daisy respectively that lived the fictional Hazzard County in Georgia.

There you have it! Do you have other famous cars in mind that were used in TV shows? Feel free to comment below.

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The Custom 1970 Camaro’s Famous LT4 Crate Engine

custom-1970-amaroChevrolet sure made eyes pop as it unveiled a hyper blue metallic vehicle at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The custom 1970 Camaro stole the spotlight with its top of the line classic muscle car appeal revved up by its LT4 Crate engine. It was indeed the epitome of timeless and modern all packed in one full-house gear.

The Camaro came in its usual 2 door coupe. The body has this metallic blue color with white rally stripes that’s definitely hard to miss. The chassis has been given significant revision with suspension coil-overs installed at all four corners and rack and pinion steering. It even comes with a four-link setup upgrade. LED lighting was used both at the head and tail to provide a subtle upgrade. To bring the rest-mod concept up a notch, 19-inch wheels were utilized.

Complementary air conditioning and front-end accessory drive kits are present too for a range of applications.

Interior-wise, custom-trimmed seats line the vehicle which were actually re-trimmed from a Gen3 Camaro. The instrumental panel is decked in custom-wrapped leather that features a unique cluster with updated gauges to monitor engine performance. Even a six-point roll cage has been installed.

But beyond appearances what sets this 1970 Camaro is the fact that its vintage appeal has been married to modern technology with the use of an LT4 crate engine, General Motor’s most powerful to date.

The LT4 crate engine comes with a staggering 650 horsepower and a 650 pound-feet of torque. The 6.2 liter supercharged V8 has been upgraded with aluminum cylinder heads, titanium intake valves and forged aluminum pistons to handle the additional force. To top it all off, it comes with a T-56 Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission. The Custom 1970 Camaro even utilizes the wet-sump kit. An engine controller for manual transmission applications can further be seen.

With so much power packed inside this mean machine, Chevrolet made sure that the Corvette Z06-based disc brake installation was made feasible for optimal stopping power. A six-point roll cage and custom gauges were added into the mix to heighten safety features.

The Custom 1970 Camaro is indeed a showstopper. It’s gleaming features, well thought details, engine power and safety features, it truly lived up to the hype. No collector would be able to resist its charms. After all, we all love a good mix of history and technology, don’t we?

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