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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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  1. Even in their heydays back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s I never understood these type of vehicles, but clearly there was a market for them.  I think that a similar type of comparison would be today’s resto-mods with the desire of having modern mechanicals on an older vehicle with the obvious difference that in these neo-classical cars, the makers made them look like something old rather than being actually old

  2. What.  In the name of.  All.  That’s.  Holy.  Would.  Drive.  Someone .  ANYONE?  To do something like THIS to ANY car let alone a Mercury….. Cougar…..

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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