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Autotrader Find: 1988 “Tiffany Coupe” Based on a Mercury Cougar

If you’re looking for something unusual, you’ve certainly found it. This is a 1988 "Tiffany Coupe," and it’s essentially a rebodied Mercury Cougar that’s been styled to look like a 1930s vehicle. It’s currently listed for sale on Autotrader by a dealership called Fortunato 13, which is located in Temecula, California, north of San Diego.

To start, a little background on the "Tiffany." For some reason, the 1980s saw the advent of a wide range of businesses devoted to turning full-sized American vehicles into 1930s replica cars. The most common were Zimmer and Excalibur, but Tiffany was another — and this car is a good example of a fairly standard Tiffany conversion. You can see the typical 1980s Mercury Cougar bit in the rear half — including that car’s highly distinctive window line — while the front half is custom coach work that recalls a vehicle from the 1930s.

Under the hood, this "Tiffany" uses the Mercury Cougar’s V8 powerplant, and I presume it’s titled as a 1988 Mercury Cougar, rather than a "Tiffany Coupe." Effectively, it’s just a Mercury Cougar, but for people who want to stand out a lot more than you would with a regular Mercury Cougar.

Unfortunately for companies selling these cars, the trend of these 1930s-lookalike cars has died down — and that means demand is no longer where it was a few decades ago. Indeed, I don’t think any of these brands are still in business converting modern cars into 1930s lookalikes — but if you want a remnant from that era, this particular example has traveled just 32,200 miles, and it’s currently listed for $23,900.

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