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Let’s Get to Know the 1967 Mercury Cougar


The 1967 Mercury Cougar

In the world of muscle cars, there are those that reign supreme and the 1967 Mercury Cougar is one of them. Today, let’s get to know more about this mean machine and why it’s been labeled a timeless and powerful beast.

Introduced as Mercury’s first pony car, the idea for the vehicle came about in 1965 but it wasn’t a year later until it was finally rolled into production. It was an answer to the immense popularity and groundbreaking success of the Ford Mustang at the time but it was catered towards a different market.

With two engines to choose from (a 289 cubic inch two-barrel V8 with 200 horsepower or a 390 cubic inch four-barrel V8 335 horsepower), manufacturers made it available in two models namely the base and the XR-7. Of the two, the latter is currently more coveted among collectors and enthusiasts alike for its two door notchback hardtop, “GT” performance package, simulated wood-grained dashboard, full set black-faced competition instruments and toggle switches, T-type center automatic transmission shifter, overhead console and vinyl or leather upholstery.

What’s very noticeable about the 1967 Mercury Cougar is its hundred and eleven inch wheelbase which is three inches longer than that of the Mustang’s. Furthermore, its “electric shaver” feature gave it its most groundbreaking signature that separated it from other vehicles of the time and even up to today. The feature pertains to a set of vertical bars and full-width split or divided grilles that concealed both the headlights and the T-Bird sequential taillights giving it a truly macho and powerful appeal.

Apart from its signature “electric shaver” feature, larger wheelbase, fancy interiors, masculine finish and powerful engines, the 1967 Mercury Cougar was also fitted with a number of parts that any car aficionado will fall head over heels for namely: softer suspension bushings for a softer ride, coil springs that were mounted over the upper control A-arm at the front, leaf springs at the rear as well as a two pod dash layout and console for the steering wheel

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We could definitely go on and on about the many spectacular features of the 1967 Mercury Cougar and why it sits on top of the muscle cars list but then we’d take all day or maybe even two. Let’s just say that this mean machine is going to be hard to beat. After half a century, it still remains relevant if not even more so.

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