Zebulon, North Carolina: Big Mercury Cougar

15-foot-tall cat statue advertising the Mercury Cougar brand was built in 1972, stood at a Raleigh dealership, and then at several locations in Zebulon. On wheels, so it might not be there when you are.

Carolina Classic Cars

1011 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, NC
Carolina Classic Cars. West edge of town, on the south side of Hwy 97/W. Gannon Ave., just west of the graveyard. On wheels, so it might not be there when you are.
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Mercury Cougar.

Big Mercury Cougar

The Mercury Cougar statue has moved a couple of blocks down the street. It's now out in front of Carolina Classic Cars. I suppose the fact that this cat is on wheels makes it easy to move this guy around -- this is its third location in Zebulon.

[Dean Jeffrey, 02/27/2018]

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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