From its earliest days, the Mercury Cougar shared a lineage with its Ford cousin, the Mustang. Though the Mercury brand faded from existence a decade ago, the Cougar remains one of its most popular models. In particular, the 1968 version is fetching, but after Ringbrothers performed a frame-off restoration and swapped in a modern engine, this Cougar is hotter than ever.
We had never done a Cougar before, so this was a fun build. I love working with new shapes and coming up with new ideas. — Mike Ring, Ringbrothers
“We put our heart into each car we build, and this Cougar is no exception,” Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring described. “The finished product is mild and classy, yet any enthusiast instantly knows it’s not stock. I imagine this is what Mercury designers would have come up with if they were building the Cougar today.”
To that end, the shop installed the aforementioned Gen 3 Coyote 5.0-liter engine and backed the 460-horsepower powerplant with the 10-speed automatic transmission from the F-150 Raptor pickup. They even retained the paddle shifters for a purely modern driving experience in this muscular classic, which also serves as a showcase for the company’s line of Cougar hardware.
“While we couldn’t bring the car to the SEMA Show, we hope it can be shown to the public soon,” Mike Ring, co-owner of Ringbrothers, added. “We had never done a Cougar before, so this was a fun build. I love working with new shapes and coming up with new ideas.”