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Wheels in the Grass

'67 Mercury Cougar, Chautauqua Cty., N.Y.

This 1967 Mercury Cougar was seen a while back sitting forlornly by the side of a road in Chautauqua County, New York. (It has since disappeared.) It’s wearing a sad set of rusty mag wheels, and its much-sought after sequential rear turn signals were nowhere to be found. The ’67 Cougar was Mercury’s answer to the hot-selling Ford Mustang, which came out halfway through the 1964 model year. Cougar’s pricing in 1967 started at $2,851; the top-of-the-line XR-7 listed for $3,081. A total of 150,893 Cougars were built that first year. In 1970 a convertible would be added to the line, and eventually the Cougar became a mid-sized personal luxury car which shared a body style with Ford’s Thunderbird.

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—Jim Corbran, You Auto Know