Zebulon, North Carolina: Big Mercury Cougar

20 ft. tall cat statue at a classic car dealership.

Howden Classic Cars

709 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, NC
Howden Classic Cars. West out of Zebulon on NC 95/Gannon Ave. to Howden Classic Cars.
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Cougar statue.

Big Mercury Cougar

The big cat is out in front of Howden Classic Cars, which is in a building that used to be a Ford dealership. There are a few awesomely cool vintage cars in the showroom.

[Dean Jeffrey, 05/14/2013]
Big Mercury Cougar

The Cat was moved about 1/2 mile down the road this summer, but can still be seen along Gannon Avenue.

[Editor, The Grey Area, 12/10/2011]
Big Mercury Cougar

The cougar statue used to sit atop Chris Leith Mercury on Capitol Boulevard (US Highway 1 South) in Raleigh. I remember it definitely being up there in the late 1980s. It was long gone by the mid-1990s, once Leith moved all their dealerships to the North Raleigh area. The building has housed a number of used car dealerships and auto body and detail shops since then.

[Andrew, 05/13/2011]

Cougar statue.

Big Mercury Cougar

Back in the days when "Cougar" was a big name for Mercury cars, one of the local dealerships had one that was about 20 ft. tall on the roof. Odd as it may sound, the Cougar was within a few hundred yards of the original location of Raleigh's muffler man! The cat disappeared 25 or so years ago. I found it again on New Year's eve on a pass through Zebulon, NC.

[Les Parker, 01/09/2010]

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