1967 was a great year for Ford mainly because the Mustang had just outsold everything in sight. They could have sold another 100000K if they could have built them. But Mercury, the sister company decided there was a small space where they could build a Mustang based pony car and do well. And boy, did they hit it out of the park with the 67 Mercury Cougar. Merc sold 150, 000 the first year and it’s considered to actually be an upgrade from the Mustang. 289 cubic inch engine and bucket seats and it came standard with the Ford 9” rear axle. All Cougars came with this rear and to this day, it’s still the #1 performance rear axle you can get. 200 horsepower with a 2 barrel carb but weighing 3000 pounds, good performance and easy on gas. 5 % of them actually came with a factory 4 speed. And 7400 had a front bench seat. By the way, Cougar accounted for half of Mercury sales in 67 and was Motor Trends “Car of the year”.