1962 Ford Cougar 406

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Jack Lemon behind the wheel of the Cougar at the set of "Under the Yum Yum Tree".
Paul Anka with the Cougar at the Cavalcade of Custom Cars. Photo courtesy of www.nywf64.com.

The 1962 Ford Cougar 406 was a concept car for the Thunderbird built by Dean Jeffries for Ford Motor Company. The cougar featured Mercedes 300 SL-type gullwing doors, and it was originally painted Candy Apple Red.[1]

The Cougar was shown as part of the Ford Custom Caravan exhibit.

In 1963, the Cougar appeared in Frederick Brisson's film version of his Broadway comedy hit "Under the Yum Yum Tree" which David Swift directed as a Brisson-Swift production for Columbia Pictures. Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley, Dean Jones, Edie Adams, Imogene Coca, and Paul Lynde starred in the movie.

A trailer for Under the Yum Yum Tree with clips of the Cougar

In 1964 the Cougar was shown at the Cavalcade of Custom Cars exhibit held at the Transportation & Travel Pavilion at New York World's Fair.[2]


  1. Dean Jeffries 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing and Film
  2. www.nywf64.com
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