Autotrader Find: 1986 Mercury Cougar “Tiffany” Conversion

What you see here is a 1986 Mercury Cougar that doesn’t quite look like all the other 1986 Mercury Cougars. That’s because this one has been rebodied to look like a 1930s vehicle, courtesy of a company called “Tiffany.”

Before I get into the details of this Cougar, you might be wondering what exactly is going on with this. Back in the 1980s — and even into the 1990s — there were an unusual amount of companies devoted to converting Mercury Cougar and Ford Thunderbird vehicles to look like “Great Gatsby”-style 1930s cars. Most car enthusiasts have heard of Excalibur, which was probably the biggest name in this world; there was also Zimmer and, apparently, Tiffany, which converted this particular Cougar.

To create these vehicles, these companies would take a Cougar or a Thunderbird (or, in later cases, a Mustang or a Lincoln Town Car) and remove most front and rear body panels, leaving only the doors and roof. Then they’d graft on these bizarre old-school styling pieces to give the car its desired appearance. Even though this seems bizarre by modern standards, I remember seeing these here and there as a kid throughout the 1990s.

This particular example is offered by Michael’s Auto Plaza in East Greenbush, New York, near Schenectady, and it’s listed for $29,997. That price may seem high to you for what is, underneath, just an old Mercury Cougar, but similar vehicles are listed on Autotrader for similar money. It appears this particular example was sold new in Illinois before moving to Massachusetts, Vermont and eventually New York — and now it can be yours, drawing attention wherever you go.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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