Outside SEMA’s convention center in the corral by the Ford Out Front display (which members of the public can attend – read HOT ROD’s secret guide here!), we stumbled upon a neat 1968 Mercury Cougar that was a replica of a Hot Wheels model. The Cougar has been part of the Hot Wheels since the very beginning in 1968, so the brand has always had a soft spot for the quicksilver pony car.
Ohio Technical College students chose to build this Cougar based on the 2011 “HW Performance” series ’68 Mercury Cougar due to a partnership they have with Edelbrock called the Edelbrock Academy. It’s an 12-week, specialized school training certificate program that trains students on aftermarket performance products. Starting with a Cougar XR-7, the students rebuilt a 390 and added Edelbrock parts galore like Edelbrock Performance dual quads, air cleaner, intake, valve covers, oil cap, and Russell Performance fuel lines, fuel pump, and water pump. Aside of the wheels, which are used to mimic the Hot Wheels wheels, everything else are standard Cougar items.
Upon completion, the Cougar is taken on a tour to a number of events – like SEMA – to promote Ohio Technical College and the Edelbrock brand. We just think it’s cool.