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

Address:
1011 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, NC
Directions:
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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