Michael D 1967 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hardtop Coupe

First car & First kid

In 1983, after saving $700 and borrowing $500 from my parents, I bought my first car. I had been looking for a while and started gravitating towards a Cougar, partly because of the look and style, but also because there weren’t as many around as Mustangs and Camaros. I bought a 1967 Cougar. It was a base model with a 289 motor and no special options, but I loved it. I drove it for years. Not having the money to have it repaired I learned to work on it myself. Eventually a bought a more practical, 4 cylinder, front wheel drive, and parked the Cougar. However, fixing my own car out of necessity turned into an interest and hobby. Years later bought a ‘68 Firebird 400 Convertible and ‘70 Mach 1, 428 CJ. The Cougar got ignored from a time and money standpoint because it did not have the “value” of the other two. In 2004 I put it in a barn where it sat for ten years. This past spring, I finally pulled it out. I plan on working on it the over the next couple years, hopefully with my 14 year old son. The true “value” and joy will be the day I see my first kid behind the wheel of my first car.

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