May 19, 2022
The 1973 Mercury Cougar is somewhat of a rarity these days at car shows/cruise nights. Its cousin the Ford Mustang handily outsold it that year, 131,867 to 60,618 which may in part explain why they’re so scarce. This would be the final production year for Mercury’s pony car. Model year 1974 saw Ford shrink the Mustang into the sub-compact Pinto-based Mustang II, while Mercury went in the other direction and slapped the Cougar badge onto a version of the intermediate Montego lineup. After that car’s demise, the Cougar name would show up in North America on a Ford Thunderbird-based car (1980-97), and on a Ford Probe-based car (1999-2002), which was also marketed in Europe as a Ford Cougar. We saw today’s RealRide, an all-original car with 61k on the odometer (according to the sign in the car’s window), last summer at the Blasdell Reunion Car Show in Blasdell.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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