with flipup headlights, has signature taillights with vertical lines...
I have always loved cars. Growing up, there were a few people around me who loved cars too, an uncle here, a cousin there, but neither of them spent too much (any) time discussing them with me. I secretly prided myself in the fact that during long rides in the backseat of my parents' Oldsmobile I could identify, make and model year of almost any car on the road. American cars of course, and the occasional Volkswagen that was brave enough to drive around midwest steel country. Cars that still standout from back in the day, the 1968 Camaro, 1972 Ford Gran Torino, 1968 Pontiac GTO and the 1968 Mercury Cougar.
The Cougar. I started this entry a couple of days ago but came to a bit of a bump in the road when for the life of me, I could not remember the name of this car. Knew it started with a C, new it came from the Lincoln Mercury line... blank, blank, blank. My husband (another car fanatic) and I were having a wonderful dinner last night, sitting outside at our favorite pizza place, and we started to discuss my stalled blog entry. He said, "oh I'm sure we'll see one soon and it will spark your memory". I answered with, "not likely, you don't see many of these around". A few minutes go by, and he points at a car that took off up the road, and says "that's hot". I turn my head to see the signature taillights driving away! Really. No kidding. He confirmed that the name started with a C, but still no closer.
Thanks to the internet I was able to solve the dilemma, and finish this entry! Along the way I discovered some wonderful websites with posters of car ads from the 60's and early 70's that were equal to the wonderful cars being designed and built in the U.S. They really messed up the Cougar in the early 70's. And it's re-release in 1999 was just plain sad.
Anyway, the 68 Cougar was a great example of some innovative thinking around components. This was a beautiful car, perfect size and power. My high school cheerleading coach drove one. I never thought she was cool, until she gave a couple of us a ride home after practices. She was very cool after that.