The Vintage Mercury-Lincoln Cougar – A Nascar Legend

Numerous have actually considered the Mercury Cougar a merely absolutely nothing more than a luxo-bloated variation of a Ford Thunderbird. It might well shock lots of Ford, Mercury in addition to Ford Mustang and Mercury Cougar lovers that 35 years ago that the Cougar “Pony” Car was kicking butt on the Trans-Am circuit.

In its origins, the Cougar was a concept that Lincoln-Mercury had actually been considering, for a long time, with the concept of a smaller sized stylish car. As early as February 1963 this concept of a smaller sized in addition to stylish Lincoln-Mercury lorry, to be presented to the North American market, pertained to emerge within the business head style, workplace and marketing personnel.

It is notable that even the name of the lorry item “Cougar” can be stated to be household line created. After the name Cougar is not just 6 letters however is another member of a line of quick animals. Both the names of Mustang and Cougar stimulate an image of sleekness and quick speed as well as dexterity.

Beneath the stylish sheetmetal of the Cougar was a Mustang, so to speak. In reality the Cougar shared with its cousins– the stylish Mustang, and the more ugly household automobile – the Ford Falcon (which was likewise understood in the Canadian market as the Ford Frontenac item. The Ford Falcon enabled both the Mustang car task as well as the Cougar car item a fast to establish, low-cost to produce as well as a resilient and tested base platform.

Below all of the shine of its stylish sheet metal the Cougar car was all Mustang, utilizing the specific very same Falcon front suspension and a strong rear axle with four-leaf springs. A base 289 cubic inch V-8 made 200 bhp (gross), however the genuine action came in the guise of a 390 cubic inch V-8 that made 320 bhp.

It has actually been stated that Lincoln Mercury’s primary designer had actually imagined the Cougar as a sophisticated European cars, along the lines of the Jaguar Mark 2. How was it that the Cougar went racing?

In 1967 Lincoln Mercury relied on Bud Moore to be the point male for a chance at the SCCA Trans-Am Championship. Group Cougar comprised of chauffeurs, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Formula 1 motorist Peter Revson and NASCAR chauffeur Dave Pearson can be found in 2nd in Ford Mustang’s group. In 1968 then under the aegis of Moore, motorist DeWayne “Tiny” Lund went on to catch the NASCAR Grand Touring Championship.

This absence of market focus, as well as not understanding and viewing the requirements and desires of the prospective Cougar consumer market showed to be the Cougar’s undoing. By the 1969 item intro the Cougar was a little bit longer and a little broader. The halcyon years of the early Cougar – particularly the early Cougar design years of 1967– 70 stay a time when the Cougar’s holler expanded out of double exhausts and the indication of a car that had some bite to it.

In truth the Cougar shared with its cousins– the stylish Mustang, and the more ugly household lorry – the Ford Falcon (which was likewise understood in the Canadian market as the Ford Frontenac item. The Ford Falcon enabled both the Mustang car job as well as the Cougar car item a fast to establish, inexpensive to produce as well as a long lasting and tested base platform. Below all of the shine of its classy sheet metal the Cougar car was all Mustang, utilizing the precise very same Falcon front suspension and a strong rear axle with four-leaf springs. Group Cougar made up of motorists, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Formula 1 chauffeur Peter Revson and NASCAR motorist Dave Pearson came in 2nd in Ford Mustang’s group. The halcyon years of the early Cougar – particularly the early Cougar design years of 1967– 70 stay a time when the Cougar’s holler grew out of double exhausts and the indication of a car that had some bite to it.