August 30, 2022
The success of Ford’s Mustang in 1964, which ushered in a whole new category of vehicles — the pony car — led to the introduction of the 1967 Mercury Cougar. Based on the Mustang platform, the Cougar was a little bigger, a little more posh, and came with a standard 289cid V8 (the competition — Mustangs, Barracudas & Camaros — all had an inline six as their base powerplant). Sequential rear turn signals and standard hidden headlamps also set the Cougar apart from the others. This Lime Frost example, seen a couple of weeks ago at a weekly cruise night at the Charcoal Corral & Silver Lake Drive-In in Perry, was sporting a dealer badge on the trunklid from Smith-Crossroads, Inc., a now defunct Ford-Mercury-Ford Truck/Tractor dealership in Lenoir, North Carolina which was connected a motel! (see below)
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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