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Kougar Cars was founded by Rick Stevens in 1979 and the first thirty cars were marketed by a Company called Storcourt Wells Ltd. The inspiration behind the car originated from his ownership of an S Type Jaguar and recognising the car only had a scrap value of £100-£200. He saw the opportunity for a first class sports car made by connecting the Jaguar running gear with a simple lightweight body and chassis. The prototype was built in 1976 and sold to an American in 1977, but moulds had been taken from the alloy body and batch of five were exported to Australia. In total around 60& of these cars were supplied as kits and the other 40% were complete cars supplied by Kougar cars, of which 20% were registered as new and contained all new parts.
This particular example was first registered on the 1st April 1979 so if one of the very early Kougar cars to be built/manufactured. The majority of Kougar cars were built with Jaguar engines but the Rover V8 was also an option. We are not certain, but are told three very early cars were built with the Rover V8 for the Directors of Kougar and as demonstrator vehicle. This is certainly one of the first, being registered in the April of the launch year, but we do not have early history to confirm exact details.
The Kougar is absolutely unbelievable to drive and exceptionally quick. The Rover V8 was rebuilt in 2013 and is outstanding with excellent oil pressure and lots of power. The Kougar is a true delight to drive and really is great fun. The noise from the engine and exhaust are loud and aggressive and the car turns heads. The brakes are good and need to be, the steering, general handling and four speed gearbox are excellent. The Kougar has only covered just a few hundred miles since the engine rebuild and has come to us in very strong mechanical order. The car has had little use this year but did attend various events including Beaulieu in 2013.
The Kougar presents very well with an excellent dent free body with lovely, smart gleaming paintwork. The engine bay is smart, the wheels and tyres very good and the upholstery has nicely aged and is correct. The Kougar does come with sidescreens but is most fun without! If looking for a rare, fast and exciting car for regular weekend use, this is the car. Kougar cars are increasingly in demand and our example has potentially a very interesting early history.