Grandma’s Car: 1972 Mercury Cougar


Before you Mercury lovers come down on me for calling this Cougar a “Grandma’s Car”, that’s what the seller says: it belonged to his late grandmother! The Cougar is located in Perris, California and is listed for sale here on eBay, where the Buy-It-Now price is $3,000 and the seller is entertaining lower offers. The seller details that the car has some scratches, does not mention any rust, and that there are only 37,547 miles on the odometer. You can see in the few pictures that the vinyl top has seen better days, and the ad says that the dash is cracked and that the door panels have damage. I don’t see any rust at all, and what I’m guessing is the original paint still looks serviceable. A 351 “Windsor” V-8 provides the power, and an a/c compressor with belt still in place can be seen beneath the hood. I believe this is the last year that the Cougar and Mustang still shared a platform; I can’t imagine a ’73 Mustang in this shape only going for $3,000, can you?


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  1. Charles

    This might be fun for the right person.

  2. Josh Staff

    The seller accepted an offer on it at $3k! Looks like someone got a good deal!

  3. mike d

    Yes, Jamie, but you have to look at her age 43 years ago, before we tee hee about ” granny” owning it and, in So Cal basically one keep their car ” forever” too bad it didn’t sell for more

  4. Mike D

    before we ” tee hee” about it being ” granny’s car” , Jamie you have to look at her age 43 years ago In So. Cal one can basically keep the same car ” forever” too bad it didn’t sell for more tho, looks to be nice ! somebody got a deal

  5. Charles

    Good point! Granny wasn’t always old. She owned that car when Nixon was re-elected for his second term. Granny may have been sporting around at the beach in her bikini in 72.

    I bought my 83 Trans AM at age 27, the exact age of person that GM targeted as potential buyers for those cars. We had two kids in diapers, and Knightrider was on the tube. We also owned a 79 Ford nine passenger wagon as a DD, and a Chevy truck, so the TA was the “weekend car” or as the first wife liked to call it, “Baby.”

    I am 59 now, and an 83 Trans AM probably seems a little out of place for someone my current age, but it is still a fun car. Of course I made the decision many years ago not to use the car as a daily driver, and have driven a whole lot of miles in 13 different full size Ford cars and a half dozen trucks in those 32 years.

  6. redwagon

    green on green on green is so early 70s it still hurts. (learned to drive on a 72 impala green/green/green – what were they thinking!)

    unfortunately this model year cougar was just plain ugly (imho). i hope it is a dream car for whomever bought it. not for me.

  7. Mark

    My brother had one of these back in the day in turd brown. The 351 in stock form was a bit of a dog by that year; I dont think it would even do a burnout.

    Except in the snow; it was awful in the snow.

  8. Barry Thomas

    Ugly as sin, but a really good buy for someone looking for an old car for minimum money and one that should be able to drive anywhere and stand out (unfortunately for the wrong reasons).
    Barry Thomas’ “Wheel to Wheel” blog

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