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Farrah Fawcett, a Mercury Cougar and a real, live Cougar – Click above to watch the videos after the break

An automobile manufacturer doesn't survive for 70 years without producing its fair share of television commercials. In fact, Ford's Mercury division has been around since well before the television was a common item to see in American living rooms. As such, there is a plethora of past and present advertisements available on YouTube from which we decided to assemble a video homage to the soon-to-be-departed interplanetary marque.

Some of our personal favorites include those that recite the long-lost "Ride with the cat!" tagline that we presume was tied to the brand's popular Cougar model before being adopted across the line. Then there's the classic Farrah Fawcett spot or two where she has multiple perfect hairstyles and the car has "glove-soft vinyl."

Speaking of the late actress, did we mention that we think we now know how the term Cougar came to depict an attractive older woman looking for guys? They are all over Mercury Cougar commercials from the 1970s and '80s.

In conclusion, we had to put Jill Wagner on our list (and so we did, twice), and we couldn't possibly overlook the 1971 Marquis that apparently rode better than both a contemporary $16,000 limo and an exotic European luxury sedan. Blind taste ride test for the win! See a slew of dated Mercury commercials after the break.





























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      • 4 Years Ago
      And how great a name is the word TOPAZ for a car? You can't beat that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A friend in high school had a hand-me-down one, stickshift, even.

        We called it the dope-a$$

        In fact, in CAD-CAM class he actually made a metal dopea$$ badge to replace the factory one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Time for GM to start marketing Buick towards Mercury's tiny and old demographic, every sale counts. lolz
      • 4 Years Ago
      I LOVE cougars.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      AW SWEET, BUCKET SEATS!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if that cougar ruined Farrah Fawcett's Crystal Gale T-Shirt... :D

      • 4 Years Ago
      mmmm....Jill.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      I loved the old IMSA GTO Cougars

      http://www.coolcats.net/mn12/imsa.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      Karen! Get down!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My first car was a 1946 Mercury Coupe, it was great, the flat head V8 was indestructable and it looked good after I made some minor alterations to the body. lLoved that little Merc. I aso owned a 52 and 56 Merc. ahh the memories. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Farrah was an icon. Mercury is another story. I had a 1976 Mercury montego. That was a nightmare of great porportion. it was always broken down. In 1979 it died. The engine was locked up at 76,000 miles. I promised I would never buy another one.
      My parents had a 1965 plymouth valient. That was a great car. It never broke down one time. In 1983 the freeze plugs were going bad so I traded it in. Big Mistake!!! I bought a Dodge colt that lasted less than 100,000.
      In 1986 I bought a Audi 4000. What a great car!! I drove that car until 1998. It wa in great shape the day I sold it. It had well over 150,000 miles and going strong.
      Bought a Honda accord in 1998. Drove it 180,000 without any major problems. Great car. Now I have a Volvo S80 with 80,000 and expect it to last a long time as well.
      LESSON, would love to buy American. Love America!! However, I think I will stay with foreign cars for now. They have served me very well. The exception is the Plymouth Valient. Somewhere, Somehow American carmakers became lazy at different levels.
      They wouldn't last, they broke down often, and were not reliable.
      I sincerely hope I can buy an American vehicle next time around. Only time will tell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh, the look and feel of glove-soft vinyl. If only those heady times would return.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The cougar is really a bad car. I mean, Farrah Fawcett and Dennis Hopper both did commercials for it, and....
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