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YAK Car Pic of the Day

And why doesn’t Ford make Mercurys anymore? Oh yeah, it’s because they were so much like Fords. Take for instance this 1977 Mercury Cougar. Now I’m usually a pretty good car spotter, and when I took this photo in Sanborn I wrote down “197x Ford LTD II.” It wasn’t until I started editing the photo that I noticed the Cougar nameplate on the trunklid. So there you go. There were also four-door and station wagon versions (a Cougar station wagon?!). Prior to 1977 the intermediate Mercury line was known as the Montego; in 1980 the Cougar did a lateral, now sharing a body style with the Ford Thunderbird, a position it would remain in until MY 1997. Following a two-year hiatus, the Cougar name reappeared as a compact two-door coupe, which was originally going to be the redesigned Ford Probe, and it stayed in production through the 2002 model year.

Cougar Villager…


and the four-door









— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…