WAPAKONETA — The thought behind the Mercury Cougar styling was that it was supposed to be a European-styled coupe. The car was built on a Mustang chassis that was stretched. The Cougar was Mercury’s entry into the pony and muscle car grouping. The Cougar debuted in 1967, and won the coveted Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. The sticker price, which was affordable, was one of the keys to it’s popularity. In 1971 the Cougar was used in the Trans-Am racing series, where it was successful. The car also grew in size. This first redesign would last until 1973. Mercury was moving the Cougar away from performance and more towards luxury. It was designed to offer performance while keeping the occupants comfortable and content.Charles Drexler, of Wapakoneta, brought his 1972 Mercury Cougar XR7 to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for more than 30 years. He bought the car when he was in high school and built it the way that he would have wanted it if he was in high school, if he would have had the money to do it then. Drexler enjoys taking his car to shows because not many of the 1972’s are left.