Here’s an interesting concept car… In 1955, Ford used a Thunderbird chassis as a test bed for many different innovations including fuel injection and disc brakes. By 1962 or so, they were done with their tests and handed over the chassis to Dean Jeffries. Jeffries then turned the car into the “Cougar 406 Concept.”
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The 1962 Ford Cougar 406 was a Concept Car for the Thunderbird built by Dean Jeffries for Ford Motor Company. The cougar featured Mercedes 300 SL-type gullwing doors, and was originally painted in Candy Apple Red. In 1963, the Cougar was used in Frederick Brisson's film version of his Broadway comedy hit "Under the Yum Yum Tree" which David Swift directed as a Brisson-Swift production for Columbia Pictures. Jack Lemmon,
1962: Cougar IThis Cougar I was unveiled at the 1962 Chicago Auto Show. It had a 102" wheelbase, 406 CID power, and the gullwing doors were electric.
1963 Ford Cougar Concept by Bordinat
Now, that is one sweet car. There was a similar version, known as the Cobra.
1963 Ford (Mercury) Cougar II
The 1963 Cougar II prototype car was a styling concept to test the waters for a Ford 2-door sporty coupe. The car borrows heavily from the 1963 Corvette...ironic since this was to be a "Corvette Killer" with 427 power. There were two Cougar II prototypes made, both of which still exist. The fastback was loaned to the Petersen Auto Museum in LA several years ago sporting a non-functional 289 engine. The roadster is still at the museum in storage in Michigan.