Monthly Archives: August 2009

For Ford Salesmen Only: 1963 Ford 427 High Performance Engines

1963 Ford 427 High-Performance Engine Sales ManualIn 1963, Ford provided its salesmen with this confidential booklet in order to give them the information they needed to sell Ford’s line of 427 high-performance engines.

The booklet includes details of the 427 high-performance engine line, suggested sales prospects and selling techniques, and, most importantly, specifications for the engines.

Whether you’re running a 427 in one of your rides or not, the booklet serves as a fascinating behind-the-curtain glimpse into Ford’s approach to marketing the venerable 427 as well as an intriguing view of a time when gas was cheap and size–in cubic inches–definitely mattered.

The Ford 427 High-Performance Engines booklet is the first of what we at Classic Cougar Community hope will be many more offerings of manuals, literature, and other media contributed by the Community.

The 1963 Ford 427 High-Performance Engines booklet was provided by Royce Peterson, and is used with his permission. Thanks, Royce!

Chris Farmer’s First Car: 1968 Cougar Standard

1968 Mercury Cougar Standard - Front ViewMy love affair with Cougars started back in 1991. I had always been into classic cars, and as I approached my 16th birthday I started searching for “my car.” I saw many cars I would love to have and looked at a few that were realistic. I looked at ’61 Impalas, Chevelle’s, etc. Finally, my dad pointed out an ad he had seen at work for a 1968 Mercury Cougar. After looking at the car we decided the deal was right and Dad bought the car for me and thus the addiction started.