Earlier this spring I attended the Cadillac La Salle Day at the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline, Massachusetts. While the lawn was resplendent in fine Cadillacs, the car that I first noticed was a very nice 1967 Mercury Cougar. A 1967 Mercury Cougar is a special car to me, as this was the car that I drove when I attended university at the University of Waterloo.
The Larz Anderson Is Raffling Off This 1967 Mercury Cougar
I really enjoyed my 1967 Mercury Cougar. I have fond memories of driving the Cougar between Waterloo and Shelburne, Ontario on those Friday afternoons when I headed home for the weekend. Those brisk drives were a great way to unwind from days of studying engineering.
My Cougar had the 289 cubic inch V8 engine with a three-speed floor mounted manual transmission. I referred to this transmission as a “three beside my knee”, as compared to the more familiar phrases of those days such as “four on the floor” or “three on the tree”.
I think that the 1967 Cougar being raffled off by the Larz Anderson Museum has the 289 V8 engine with an automatic transmission.
The Concealed Headlights Were A Major Design Feature of the Cougar Styling
The 1967 Cougar was Mercury’s entry in the “pony car” market that was very big during the 1960s. The Mercury Cougar was seen as a slightly more upscale than Ford’s other pony car, the very successful Mustang. In general, the Mercury Cougar did not have the performance reputation of the other pony cars, although the Cougar was raced in the very popular Trans Am racing series.
The interesting feature of the 1967 Mercury Cougar was the styling. The car had hide-away headlights and sequential rear tail lights. Despite this, the 1967 Mercury Cougar was nowhere near as popular as the Mustangs, Camaros, or the Firebirds. It seems that not many 1967 Mercury Cougars have survived and these days it is rather unusual to see a 1967 Mercury Cougar.
The 1967 Cougar Had Sequential Real Tail Lights
So if you are attending any of the great lawn events at the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline, MA this summer, be sure to buy a ticket for the opportunity to win the 1967 Cougar. The money is going to a great cause and you could win a fine car.