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1963 Ford Cougar II (Vignale)

Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II (Vignale), 1963
Ford Cougar II (Vignale), 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cougar II, 1963
Ford Cobra II, 1963
Ford Cobra II, 1963
Ford Cobra II, 1963
Ford Cobra II, 1963
Ford Cobra II, 1963
Ford Cobra II, 1963
Ford Cobra II, 1963 - Compared with Corvette and Jaguar XKE
Ford Cobra II, 1963 - Compared with Corvette and Jaguar XKE
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1963 Ford-Mercury Cougar II Concept Vignale

The 1963 Cougar was introduced as a show model "from the company which pioneered the personal car." To get in, open the electrically-operated top-hinged doors.

The Cougar II is a candy-apple red fastback design with a fiberglass body and a 260 High-Performance engine and 4 speed transmission.
In the 1963 Ford shown the third Cougar dream car, it was called Cougar II. This very handsome two-passenger GT sports car would have made a timely contender to the popular Corvette String Ray. (Ford explained that GT, or gran turismo, is a term usually applied to two-seat coupes designed for super highways.) Cougar II featured a fastback roof, conceaied "pop-up" headlamps, and a serious, fully instrumented interior.

Powertrain was a high-performance 260 cu. in. V-8 engine that connected a four-speed transmission with a console-mounted gearshift lever. It was claimed that Cougar II was engineered to reach speeds in the 170 miles-an-hour range. When interior air pressure exceeded 15 pounds per square inch, a reliefpanel across the rear of the passenger compartment opened automatically.

This panel was required, since there was the possibility that at high speeds, the extreme pressure against the rear window might blow it out. Cougar also had a unique spring-loaded window-lift mechanism that allowed adjustment to the curved side windows.


The Cougar II, the third of the X-Car group, was named after the Cougar I which preceded it by a scant 18 months. It was the most radical of the first three show cars and was not based upon an established Ford platform. Instead, the iridescent candy red car was constructed on AC-Cobra tube frame (Chassis #CSX2004) obtained from the newly-created Carroll Shelby Enterprises in California. However, the chassis set up had to be modified: To clear the hood, the high-performance 289 Ford engine was moved rearward in the chassis. Intended as a response to the powerful and lithe Ferrari, it was the most competition-oriented of the first three X-Cars.

The Cobra II was probably the most beautiful of the three X-Cars, but was the least influential in terms of styling. This fastback coupe was designed before the Corvette Stingray. Built on a Cobra frame, the 289 K-Code powered car and wire wheels set a styling standard that was hard to replicate. The candy-red car still exists today.
Source: www.conceptcars.it; www.thelynxproject.org
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Comments:
cara
Thursday, September 17, 2009
nice ford couger....!!!!!!!!:)
Bob 2.0
Friday, June 22, 2012
I like the car, but I question how you could say this was designed before the 63 Corvette if the 63 Corvette was already in production the same year that the Cougar II was first revealed as a concept car. The "Q Corvette" clay model was done in 1957, which looks much like the 1963 Corvette.
Not arguing. The timeline just doesn't seem to support the statement made here. It is weird though that the two are so similar, especially given secrecy of the design studio.
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