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I didn't realize that IMC made a model of Ford's Cougar II concept car in 1964, but I just saw it on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5973717922&category=2585

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Here is the full-size original in the Product Salon at the Ford Pavilion-

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┬ęDan Brooks

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┬ęBill Cotter, Set 46, Picture #038

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I see that IMC's old kit got re-issued in the late 60's with some improved box art-

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Then re-issued again in the 70's by Testors-

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And then re-issued again in 1996 under the Lindberg label.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...ssPageName=WDVW

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The December '64 issue of Track & Traffic magazine featured a nice cover photo of it at the World's Fair-

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I wonder how the incredible resemblance to the 1963 thru 1968 Corvette is explained by the GM people!

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A few other models of one-of-a-kind cars shown at the World's Fair in '64/65:

http://www.showrods.com/showrod_pages/aston_martin.html

http://www.showrods.com/showrod_pages/cougarII.html

http://www.showrods.com/large_image_pages/lil_coffin_original.html

http://www.showrods.com/showrod_pages/turbine_car.html

http://www.indycals.com/Decals/65Lotus.html

http://store.wpsracing.com/frlo19lafo04.html

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If you scan down this page, it appears that the Cougar II may be owned by Jeff Burgy of Michigan- he's the president of a car club and owns many classic cars.

http://www.ponysite.de/news_2.htm#cougar

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Now you can see it on digitized film!

http://www.peacethroughunderstanding.org/index.php?showtopic=4174

Break out the Orville Redenbacker Movie Theater Extra Butter and All the Salt Popcorn and kick back and enjoy!

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Cougar II found!!!

I followed the lead to Jeff

who e-mailed me back with this response-

Randy -

I do not own the car. The car presently belongs to the Detroit Historical Museum. It is in a storage warehouse in the Detroit area.

I have many more pictures of this car taken last year while I freshened it up in preparation to display at the national Shelby Convention. I also have a number of photos of it from Ford Motor Company's Photomedia archives.

regards,

Jeff Burgy

White Lake, MI

...needless to say, I'll be checking out Jeff's photos and seeing what I can share with you guys!....

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I followed the lead to Jeff

who e-mailed me back with this response-

Randy,

If you have a chance, could you please ask Jeff about the other Ford concept cars too?

Maybe he knows what happened to them as well.

Nice photos, great job hunting them down, and thanks for posting them up so quickly!

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Randy,

If you have a chance, could you please ask Jeff about the other Ford concept cars too?

Maybe he knows what happened to them as well.

I'll ask Jeff. In tracking down the Cougar II, I came across some info and a photo or two showing that the Allegro went through a major rebuild in '67 or '68- they turned it into a convertible roadster (kind of ugly, IMHO). Not sure where it is today.

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I think I might have posted this here once before... but here's the link to the Detroit Historical Museum webpage on the Cougar II:

http://www.detroithistorical.org/collections/vewebsite/exhibit1/e10044b.htm

FYI - Jeff Burgy and I are both long-time members of the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) - and in fact, Jeff is on the SAAC Board of Directors and is also the Registrar for the new Ford GT.

Jeff worked for Ford for a number of years, and he found the Cougar II while he was searching for the "Bordinat Cobra" - which is basically a silver convertible version of the Cougar II.

http://www.saac.com/Bordinat_Cobra.htm

Both cars are of interest to SAAC members today because they were actually built on Cobra chassis (chassi?).

He also has an awesome '65 K-Code Mustang GT Convertible!

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Thanks for the additional info Yadda!

More on the Allegro-

Allegro at the World's Fair in 1964-

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after being rebuilt in 1967 and renamed the Allegro II

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Hi All,

FYI - I recently received a note from Jeff Burgy stating that: "CSX2008, better known as the "Cougar II" dream car, is currently on display at the Detroit Historical Museum in Detroit, Michigan. The car will be featured on display from now through September, 2010. If you happen to be in the Detroit area for the Christmas holidays, the Museum is offering extended hours (10AM-5:00PM) and FREE admission from December 26th through January 3rd, 2010. The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave."

http://www.detroithistorical.org/

He also sent along a couple of small photos of the display as well...

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Happy Holidays!

Kevin

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The car would not look out of place on any street today.

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Since you brought up this topic, I went back and restored as many of the photo links as possible, but some are lost. Kevin, do you still have yours?

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Since you brought up this topic, I went back and restored as many of the photo links as possible, but some are lost. Kevin, do you still have yours?

Hi Randy,

I found several postings of mine with links to the Detroit Historical Museum that no longer seem to be working - looks like those particular pages were deleted. However, I may have saved the original photos from their website, and if so, I'll try to update my various postings with the appropriate images and revised text over the next week or so...

Kevin

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