As monumental years in American automobiles go, 1967 has to be considered one of the all-time greats. The Camaro Z/28 burst onto the scene. Chevrolet also began offering the fabled L88 Corvette and L79 Nova. And Ford and Mopar showed up strong with the ’67 GT500 and Charger426 HEMI fastback, respectively.

But the star of the show, according to Motor Trend, was the Mercury Cougar, which was named Motor Trend Car of the Year.

The original Cougar accounted for 40 percent of Lincoln-Mercury sales in 1967. It shared its original chassis powertrain with the Ford Mustang, although it had a slightly longer wheelbase.

Although the Cougar lasted for eight generations (until 2002), it’s hard to beat the original. We spotted this first-generation Mercury Cougar in Summit Racing’s Ohio Retail Store parking lot.

[all images/Patrick Miller]
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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.