Model Year Info
1983-88 Limited Edition Cougars
Page Revised: 26 July 2020
During the six model years that the Fox aero-Cougar was made, there were several special edition Cougars produced. The following illustrates some of these cars.
Please keep in mind that dealerships often received incentives to place special packages on cars to make them easier to sell, or to push out slow sellers, or to coincide with an advertising promotion. It will probably be impossible to document all of the special edition Cougars but we'd like to think that this page should serve as a "home base" for the current collected knowledge about them.
Should you see or own a limited edition Cougar from this time period, please contact us. Be sure to include photos (or links to photos) and a full description of the car, and why you think it is a limited edition.
Click here for more information on Cougar convertibles.
Special Edition (1985-88)
The Special Edition Cougar was an appearance package added to a Cougar (usually a base or LS model of virtually any color). The cars were sold over a wide area of the United States and possibly Canada. A Special Edition package is estimated to have added $500-700 US to the price of a new Cougar. It is believed that the Special Edition is almost directly related to the Blue Max Edition (see below), as the same supplier seems to have been involved with both models.
Blue Max Edition (1985-86, 1988)
The Blue Max Edition was very similar to the Special Edition, again sold coast to coast in the United States, but regionally.
Cougar RS (1985-86)
The Cougar RS models seem to have been made only for the Eastern part of the United States. Production total is unknown. The RS package added approximately US $300-500 to the price of the car.
Silver Aero (1986)
The Silver Aero originally was a Ford Motor Company promotional car for the 1986 Cougar. They were all painted silver, and featured wide moldings, a non-functional luggage rack, and headlight covers that incidentally got the cars recalled. According to information, there were 163 of these cars made, built between February and March of 1986. (By the way, the recall recommended removing the headlamp covers to comply with lighting laws.)
Thanks to Alan for the information.
Night Cat Edition (1986-88)
Trent writes: "Spoke with Steve at Topking in Kansas City, Kansas, USA. This company owned the names Night Cat, Top Cat, and Track Cat. He says that they were made from 1986 to 1998, covering both Fox and MN12 platforms. Of the "thousands" (his word) made, 95-97% were either Night Cat or Top Cat, making Track Cat the rare breed. Night Cat had a full cloth top, gold badging, and Night Cat embroidered onto headrests and rear passenger pillars (these were covered with headliner material). Steve says that uniqueness for these Cats comes from how many are still on the road."
Track Cat Edition (1988)
Black Cat Special Edition (1988)
City Editions (1985-88)
City Edition Cats featured a vinyl half-roof, special ornamentation, and a special striping package that were offered to Ford dealers by aftermarket suppliers. They were marketed all over the U.S and Canada and were not limited to the 1983-88 era either; they were produced right up until the 1997 model year. Some examples of City Edition Cougars are the Bostonian, Coloradan, San Antonian, Pittsburgh, and Houstonian. Naturally the cars were sold in the vicinity of the car's city or region name. There were likely more cities or regions that took part in this series. Total production is unknown.
A company named E&G from Florida was responsible for selling several different Cougar appearance packages to dealerships. Their main design theme is a vinyl half-top that covers the small side windows almost completely, and also some special badging.
Freedom Series Edition (1987)
Not much is known about the Freedom Series Cougar, save for a small emblem placed on the front fenders.
Olympic Edition (1988)
Made to commemorate the 1988 Olympics, these Cougars featured a red, black, or blue exterior with gold trim inside the moldings, along with special Olympic badging. Total production number is unknown.
Mexican 4-Door Fox Cougars
Yes, as bizarre as this sounds, apparently there were 4-door Cougars produced in Mexico.
First a back story: when these Fox cars were new, Mexico would only allow imported cars to be sold if they contained a certain percentage of Mexican content. So from the very start, Mexican 2-door Cougars were different altogether. Most featured the padded half roof as standard, as well as an alarm system with rear quarter-mounted keyhole, and the upright hood ornament. The radio had Spanish nomenclature, and some (but not all) interior switches also featured Spanish labeling. Of particular interest is the 4-lug geometric wheel which was very similar to a rare wheel used on some early Lincoln Mark VII's in the US.
We've spoken with several Mexican Cougar owners over the years and they have a very strong support system there. The cars are considered upscale and are highly respected.
Imagine our surprise when, in 2018, we ran across the following ads on a Facebook group:
Apparently the cars were based off a Lincoln-like 4-door car. Essentially the front and back ends were grafted onto the existing car.
Here is a local ad touting the new 4-door version.
If we get any more information about these cars, we'll be sure to update the information here.