Pick of the Day: 1970 Mercury Cougar

1970 Mercury Cougar was gift from Ford to civil rights leader Whitney J. Young Jr.
1970 Mercury Cougar was gift from Ford to civil rights leader Whitney J. Young Jr.

But this isn’t just any 1970 Mercury Cougar. It formerly was owned by civil rights leader Whitney J. Young Jr., a gift from the Ford Motor Company and owned by the Young family until sold five years ago at  Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Mercury Cougar

The Cougar has been enhanced with performance upgrades
The Cougar has been enhanced with performance upgrades

Mercury Cougar was Ford Mustang’s higher-achieving but less-successful sibling. Basically, it was a decked-out Mustang with suitable luxury trim and signature features – including hideaway headlights and sequential rear turn signals – for the more-upscale Mercury customers.

Cougar never reached Mustang’s level of sales, nor its iconic image, not by a long shot, which makes it rarer than the ubiquitous Ford pony cars, although generally not as valuable nor as high profile. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible

The Mercury convertible would make for a fine summer-evening cruiser
The Mercury convertible would make for a fine summer-evening cruiser

The Pick of the Day is the kind of stylish Mercury that comes to mind when you hear, “Crazy ‘bout a Mercury/Lord I’m crazy ‘bout a Mercury/I’m gonna buy me a Mercury/And cruise it up and down the road.”

The pale-yellow 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com is a “solid Southern California car” with a still-shiny older repaint, the Houston-based dealer says. The stylish ragtop comes complete with full wheel covers, fender skirts and wide-whitewall tires for a period look that still resonates today. Continue reading

Iconic California customs set for HVA displays in Washington

The McGee Roadster is the embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos
The McGee Roadster is the pure embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos

Three iconic pieces of California custom-car culture take center stage next month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the Historic Vehicle Association displays the latest vehicles to be commemorated and recorded in the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.

The privately owned cars will be shown at separate times during the month in the HVA glass case on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art for passersby to see and admire. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler

The Cyclone Spoiler was a homologation car to allow the model to compete in NASCAR
The Cyclone Spoiler was a homologation car to allow the model to compete in NASCAR

Continuing my NASCAR theme from last week, the Pick of the Day is a NASCAR homologation car, a 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler in Cale Yarborough colors.

The Cyclone Spoiler and the later long-nosed Spoiler II were cars that Ford Motor Company built in order to go racing. They were special-bodied cars with few options from the aero era of NASCAR. The Cyclone Spoiler II was constructed to compete with the Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird, cars that were dominant in the series, especially on super speedways such as Daytona and Talladega. Continue reading

My Classic Car: ML’s historic 1970 Mercury Cougar

1970 Mercury Cougar originally owned by civil rights pioneer Whitney Young Jr.
1970 Mercury Cougar originally owned by civil rights pioneer Whitney Young Jr.

This historic vehicle was purchased at a Barrett-Jackson Auction, where it was the Hagerty Fantasy Car Bid of the Day. Prior to purchase it was a one-family car. given to Whitney J. Young, Jr., civil rights leader and adviser to several presidents by the Ford Motor Company. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7

The Mercury Cougar has been repainted in its original shade of dark metallic green
The Mercury Cougar has been repainted in its original shade of dark metallic green

At first glance, this great-looking 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 coupe seemed like the kind of low-mileage survivor that spent most of its life hanging out in the garage. A one-owner Southern California car, the Pick of the Day is actually testament to the power of good, persistent care and maintenance in keeping a vehicle like new.

As I read the lengthy description provided by the Santa Monica, California, dealer on ClassicCars.com, it seemed to follow the familiar route of collector cars that have been barely driven and as a result have remained in pristine condition. But I could feel my eyes bug out when I read what’s on the odometer: 221,980 miles! Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Mercury Monterey

1964 Mercury Monterey has the Marauder's big-block engine
1964 Mercury Monterey has the Marauder’s big-block engine

The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Mercury Monterey four-door sedan with the popular and even show-stopping “Breezeway” electric rear window. But wait, there’s more… much more.

This car comes from a private seller whose advertisement on ClassicCars.com notes that the car is “original, unrestored” and “runs and drives like a new car.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Mercury Marauder

The 1963 Mercury Marauder is powered by a 300-horsepower big-block V8
The 1963 Mercury Marauder is powered by a 300-horsepower big-block V8

The argument over who built the first muscle cars will never be settled, but here is a sports classic from the early 1960s with all the style and performance that defines the species. And check out that roofline.

The Pick of the Day, a 1963 Mercury Marauder two-door hardtop, is a 59,000-mile survivor powered by a 390 cid V8 rated at 300 horsepower, according to the seller’s listing on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Mercury Deluxe coupe

The 1950 Mercury Deluxe coupe is advertised as a perserved original in great condition
The 1950 Mercury Deluxe coupe is advertised as a perserved original in great condition

A week ago, the Pick of the Day was a striking 1949 Mercury old-school custom done in the “lead-sled” style. Mercurys from that era were ultra popular for customizing, especially when actor James Dean was seen driving a chopped Merc in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause.

So finding an all-original 1950 Mercury Deluxe coupe in apparently pristine condition, such as today’s Pick, is certainly a rare treat, especially one that’s advertised with a reasonable price tag. Continue reading