YAK Car Pic of the Day
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:01 am, August 28, 2012
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.