You will easy recognize the cars on either end in the picture above, those being the production Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray and Jaguar XKE FHC. The car in the middle might be a little more difficult to place however, as it was a prototype that, while seriously considered for production, never actually made it off the auto show circuit. That is of course Ford’s 1963 show car, the Cougar II with which FoMoCo cruelly teased an adoring public. Based on the AC frame taken from a Cobra, the 260 V8-powered Cougar offered a fiberglass body just like the Corvette.
As you can see, it was substantially smaller than Chevy’s sports car, but possessed similar lines. An interesting aspect of the Ford show car was an automatically opening panel in the tail that would pivot at high speed to relieve air pressure inside, and hence prevent the wrap-around rear window from popping out. Oh what might have been.
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