A parking lot is a parking lot is a parking lot—unless it’s the Summit Racing parking lot. On any given day or time, the lot outside a Summit Racing store can turn into an impromptu mini car show, depending on who’s stopped by the store. Each Wednesday, we’ll share our parking lot find of the week—another benefit of being Powered by Summit Racing Equipment.

Although Ford popularized the “pony car” genre of automobiles with the introduction of the Mustang in 1964, the pony car craze went to a whole new level in 1967. Chevrolet unleashed the Camaro—essentially General Motors’ answer to the Mustang—and Ford’s Mercury division introduced the Mercury Cougar.

The Camaro’s popularity is undeniable, but it was the Mercury Cougar that earned the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award for 1967. Based on the Mustang platform, the Cougar featured 289- or 390-cubic-inch engine options and offered some of its own distinctive styling features, including hidden headlights and “electric shaver” grille.

The Mustang and Camaro remain the poster cars for the pony car-era, but the first-generation Mercury Cougar also stands the test of time. This ’67 Cougar, which we recently spotted outside a Summit Racing store, reminds us why.

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.