1967 Mercury Cougar
Comments: Mercury joined the pony car race full speed with its Cougar, based on a stretched version of the Ford Mustang. Only a two door hardtop was available with standard simulated leather bucket seats, hideaway headlights, and a V8 engine, impressive enough to be named Motor Trend's Car of the Year. Two trim packages were also available, available separately or together.
The XR-7 package included a wood-rimmed steering wheel, black-face competition-type instrumentation in a simulated walnut dash, toggle switches, an overhead console, a leather-covered T-handle automatic transmission shifter, and combination leather/vinyl seats.
For performance buyers, the GT package, a $323 option, included a firmer suspension with solid rear brushings, stiffer springs all around, bigger 1.1875 inch shocks, a fatter 0.84 inch anti-roll bar, power front disc brakes, 8.95x14 Wide-Oval tires, a low-restriction exhaust system and special identification features. Standard with the GT package was a 390 cid V8 rated at 335 bhp.
The 390 used hydraulic lifters, a fairly mild cam and "street type" valve timing that resulted in a favorable 1:10 power-to-weight ratio. A Holley C70F carb with four 1.562 inch venturies and vacuum-operated secondaries sat on the 390 cid engine. With a 10.5:1 compression ratio, it required premium fuel. Transmission choices included three or four speed synchro gearboxes or a three-speed Merc-O-Matic with manual shift capabilities for down-shifting to second below 71 mph or first below 20 mph.
2D Hardtop: 116,260
GT 2D Hardtop: 7,412
XR-7 2D Hardtop: 27,221
289 V8 195 bhp.
289 V8 200 bhp.
289 V8 225 bhp.
390 V8 280 bhp.
390 V8 320 bhp.
390 V8 335 bhp @ 4800 rpm, 427 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm.
390/335: 0-60 in 8.1 seconds, 1/4 mile in 16 seconds.