Tuesday, February 26, 2013
1962 Ford Cougar 406 Concept
Debuting at the 1962 Chicago show, the Ford Cougar 406 featured top-hinged, electrically operated gull-wing doors, and came equipped with the new 406 cubic inch V-8. The engine developed 405 horsepower and 448 pound feet of torque. Swing-up headlights were concealed in tips of the fenders. This was the second Ford concept car to wear the Cougar nameplate. The original was a 3/8-scale model from 1956. Mercury first applied the Cougar moniker on a 1967 two-door hardtop pony car, based on the Mustang.
The D-523 "Cougar" was an experimental Ford built on a T-Bird chassis, with fuel injection. This car was designed in Gil Spear’s studio in 1954, largely by Samsen, whose original concept sketches are shown below.
1954 CONCEPT SKETCH BY J.R.SAMSEN FOR 1955 FORD D-523