At SEMA 2015, they unveiled their latest creation: a wildly customized 1940 Mercury Business Coupe. This car and its skirted front and rear wheels are designed to give it a flowing, Art Deco-inspired look that is very streamlined and modern. The car’s roofline, wheel skirts, and just about every other panel is made from hand-formed steel. This is not merely another chop top ‘Merc, this one is all custom! Continue reading
All modern cars seem to be burdened with the task of keeping their occupants safe at all costs. Which is a good thing, because all modern cars are impossible to see out of. High beltlines create a claustrophobic sitting-in-a-bathtub feeling, and impossibly huge C-pillars bring visibility to near zero. To me this is a chicken and egg situation. Is it better to drive a tank with its hatch shut or actually see what you are doing? Continue reading
This car began its life as a 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente – the souped up version of the Ford Falcon. That was before the guys at Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle transformed this sizzling car into a Trans Am-inspired street machine!
The “Craftsman Comet” made its debut at SEMA 2014 at the Craftsman Tools/Stewart Warner booth. It features a Roush 427R motor with a Hillborn EFI stack and a Holley computer. This period-correct setup would have been on a high-performance race car of the day. The engine is coupled to a Hurst Driveline Tremec T-56 six-speed transmission with a Moser engineering rear end. Continue reading
The Mercury Cougar had a very strange 5th generation. Only being around for the 1980-1982 model years it was short lived but included a sedan and for a its last year a wagon (spotted one a while back). The car as a whole along with the 94hp I6 six on this XR7 pleased no one. Ford knew this and abandoned the whole situation by dumping this setup for another design also on the Fox platform. The next Cougars and Thunderbirds launched the Ford aero models. Continue reading
As a seasoned attendee of SEMA, Barrett-Jackson and other car shows, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at resto-modded muscle cars. I can tell you that Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes, Chevelles, Novas, GTOs, Chargers, and similar cars are by far the most popular models that people restore. At these events, a car like a first-generation Mercury Cougar would be a real stand-out for the sheer novelty of being something different that you haven’t seen a hundred times before.
This 1969 Mercury Cougar convertible scores points for originality and hits a home run for being an extremely well done build. Nicknamed the “Cool Cat,” it was built by Hot Rod Express out of Blue Springs, Missouri.
Whilst browsing the ol’ Youtube for 1st Gen Sable wagons I stumbled across this monstrosity. Although it’s certainly interesting and I can respect the work that went into it I would rank this as “better in theory”, at best.
Somehow I’ve stumbled across another one year only wagon, this is the 1982 Mercury Cougar wagon. It’s the sister car to the 1982 Granada wagon that I found a while back. I spotted this guy down near the Mexican border and the Granada out in California, I’ve never seen one around Phoenix. There’s always something special about seeing an older boring car out on the road for normal use.