Interested in hearing thoughts about this. I was going thru some boxes of stuff we have laying around
as my wife and I are contemplating moving to a different state so I can have a bigger workshop/garage
to do some serious work on my cars.
Anyway, ran across an April 1986 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
In it is an nice 22 page color article written by Chris Halla. I don’t know if he is a member here or not.
The article talks about the Mercury Cougar for model years 1967 to 1973. At the beginning it states that
the Cougar Styling work began in February of 1963 and went thru 5 development stages before becoming
finalized in late 1964/early 1965, which is why if you look at the early pictures of the Cougar, it shows a
date of February 1965. I have the Big Book of the Classic Years by Don Skinner, but don’t see any reference
like this. I may have missed it however.
As I recall Chris Halla once wrote a book about Cougars, that was probably back in the 1990s. Somewhere around here I have a copy.
The article is correct about the early Cougar development. Any time a new car is being developed it will start several years before the final product is actually released for the public to buy… It is not hard to find that information. I seem to recall that some of the early styling mule photos were posted here on this forum in the past.
I actually had that picture /article on my bedroom slider doors in the 90s, along with a 67 that was blue with a red and yellow stripes down the side along with ken wells 70 428cj red convertible. I`m going to see if I can find them books online or amazon or even barnes and nobile.
As per my copy of Muscle Machines July 2017, 50 year annv of the Cat, Cougar 1 VIN 7F91S500001, Date of Tag is 04C, DSO A1, The article said it debuted on Sept. 30, 1966, in Moncton, Canada. So anything earlier then that might be in question. IMHO