#23- 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7
Appeared in: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
What car does Mrs. Bond herself choose to drive around the scenic slopes of Piz Gloria but a 1967 Mercury Cougar. We get copious amounts of FoMoCo action when Bond escapes Irma Bunt and her henchwomen as he masterfully skies down the Swiss Alps and into the waiting car of Tracy di Vicenzo.
Although it’s rear wheel drive, Tracy’s a master wheelwomen and evades Blofeld’s men in their Mercedes hot on her tail. After crashing an ice-rally race and stuffing Blofeld’s Merc’ into a wall, Bond and di Vicenzo speed off into the night. Although “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” may have been short on gadgets, it was full of driving action and stunts.
The 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 was a beast of a muscle car for Mercury slotting between the Ford Mustang and Thunderbird. Di Vicenzo’s Cougar was powered by a 428 Cobra Jet with Ram Air induction to the tune of 335 HP. In reality, owners who have hit the rolling dyno made close to 410 HP. The Mercury Cougar used in the film was outfitted with special rally studs for added traction driving on snowy grounds. We’re surprised she managed to pull all those driving stunts off with Bond himself showering her with kisses throughout entire escape scene.
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