Sunday, October 16, 2016

1986 Mercury Cougar

This is the last good Cougar - the last one with style and identity. The next year they became caricatures. In 1989, they became flabby, flat and generic. In the 1990s, they stuck the name on the third generation Ford Probe and called it "good."

It's near and dear to my heart for a couple of reasons: redemption from the 1980-82, uh, "experiment." And, I got up close and personal with a 1983 model - deep blue, red velour interior, TRX wheels and tires, and an infamous, overlong test drive with no salesman riding along.

This particular example seems to be holding on for dear life. I don't hate the wheels (unless they're just wheel covers). The tape stripes on the C-pillar and below the rub strip make me think this particular car was whored out marketed as some sort of completely ordinary "Special Edition." Think Escort "Sport" (Yeah, I/m looking at you, Tex Earnhardt.)
1986 Mercury Cougar


1986 Mercury Cougar

1986 Mercury Cougar

1986 Mercury Cougar

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