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Post by knightfan26917 on Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:17 pm

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I love following the lineage of nameplates, particularly when the history is so varied!
The Mercury Cougar was a relative of the Mustang, Elite & Thunderbird:
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/10/29/throwback-thursday-38/

Raining here, so may not see many trick-or-treaters; will see my Nephew & Niece later.
Anyone cloak vehicle(s) in costumes? Mustang, ready for Halloween:
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/10/30/friday-photo-38/


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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:05 am

I had an 83 Cougar back in the late 80s. I loved that thing. What I remember most is how quick it was. It was a V6 and I regularly blew the doors off of earlier V8 cars, believe it or not.

Ford has always been weird about how they name cars. T-bird/cougar is the perfect example. From a two seater vette-ish car to a coupe back to a two seater. Cougar started as a Mustang to a T-bird to a fake japanese import.

Or a fairlane/galaxie/LTD/Crown Vic, all of the different names applying to the same cars over the years. Some years as a trim level of one model to a stand alone name of what had been the previous model.

You probably could have owned a Ford Galaxie Fairlane Crown Victoria LTD sometime in the 70s. (Almost like having a 1977 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic)

Gooooooofy.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:01 pm

LOL ... yes, definitely goofy, Bobby!

Don't know if you saw this article I wrote about that topic:
"Stop Re-Naming My Car!"
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/09/14/daily-dose-mon-madness-35/

I believe it about the '83 Cougar ... had a friend who had one who did the same thing to V8s ... LOL.


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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:20 am

Good read.

US manufacturers lost their way big time 70s-90s. Junk cars, wacky names.
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Post by 74 beast on Mon Nov 09, 2015 1:44 am

Car makers still have no clue what we want in our car you get sime guy who never worked on a car a day in there life design a car come on look at late 90s camaro s u needed to drop front sub frame to came spark plugs. If they had to work on it we all know u wont do that
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Post by ant7377 on Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:43 pm

I wanted a 92 -3 Cougar badly back then. Couldnt swing it to much $$. Got a T-bird instead. It was a good car but I wanted that damn Cougar.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:06 am

I had a buddy with an 87-ish XR-7. It was badass. Burgundy, 5.0 with the Mustang GT turbine type wheels on it. I still wish I could come across one.


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Post by ant7377 on Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:03 pm

My neighbor had a black 88 xr7 like that. Its what made me want the damn thing.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:52 pm

*nods*
Thank you, Bobby ... glad you enjoyed the article.  &, I like that Cougar your buddy had ... gorgeous maroon!

I agree 74 beast ... they don't have a clue!

ant ... what made you want the Cougar that much more over the Thunderbird?


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Post by ant7377 on Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:14 am

Looked more like a Monte wih the more formal roof line and I like the top treatment most of them had. I wanted triple black with gold emblems and cloth top. I would have gotten white with blue or red as well. They were all over back then too my friend had white with grey leather xr7 about a 95 with a v8
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