models info.

Avail Date : 2010
Scale : 1:18
Color : Dan Gurney (Red)
Barcode : 657440015783
N.W. 5.65 KGS
G.W. 8.45 KGS
Per CTN : 6 PCS
Carton CBM : 0.055

1967 Mercury Cougar Group II Trans-Am Racecar

During its introductory year, Lincoln-Mercury assembled driving greats Parnelli Jones (15), Ed Leslie (98), and Dan Gurney (16 & 98) to campaign Team Cougar red & silver cars in the 1967 Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) Trans-American Sedan Series.

Initially manufactured as a prototype at the Dearborn, Michigan factory, under the direction of Lincoln-Mercury racing program manager Fran Hernandez, the race-prepared Cougar was on hand for the Cougar・s 3-day press release party in Monterey, CA in November, 1966.

Development tests for the race-prepared car continued at Virginia International Raceway with driver Parnelli Jones (setting a new track record) and at Riverside with team drivers Dan Gurney and Ed Leslie in December of 1966 demonstrating the car was likely to win :more than a few races;.

The transformation from sedan to racecar was conducted by NASCAR legend Bud Moore at his shop in Spartanburg, South Carolina with such modifications as fiberglass bumpers, dual quad intake, 37-gallon fuel tank and trailing arm traction bars introduced late in the race season. 

Team Cougar・s first victory at Green Valley looked more like drag race finish than an endurance race with Gurney edging out Jones by only three feet at the finish line for the closest finish in the race series. 

During the middle of the race season, as Jones and Gurney met other racing commitments at Indy & LeMans, the Team Cougar cars maintained high points standings driven by alternate drivers Peter Revson, and David Pearson.  Entering their final race, Team Cougar was second in points. 

At Kent, drivers Gurney (98) and Jones (15) returned to challenge Mustang・s one point lead.  Jones・ race ended when his car failed to restart in the pits.  Gurney・s car was flagged to repeated pit stops for a leaky fuel filler cap.  Gurney ultimately placed third with Team Cougar taking second place for the season; two points behind Mustang. 

Overall, Team Cougar made quite a race debut, taking five poles and winning four of the twelve races.  In 1968, Ford Motor Company abandoned their Lincoln Mercury racing program to focus corporate sponsorship on the Carroll Shelby led Mustang racing team.

For the season-opener at Daytona, Jones & Gurney sat on the pole with Jones finishing in third place.  


The Diecast Magazine Issue No.7 review Item 1578 -1/18 1967 Mercury Cougar Racing