A new kind of cat
“This is the newly-designed hood ornament on the first 1977 Cougar XR-7 off the Ford Assembly Plant in Hapeville - the only plant in the world which makes this model. Looking on are John J. Latini (left) manager of the Hapeville plant, and B.S. Restuccia, Lincoln-Mercury district sales manager in Atlanta. Photo taken August, 1976. (Calvin Cruce/AJC staff).” Cougars were built at the plant from the mid-70s until May 1985 when the plant retooled for Tauruses and Sables. Now that Porsche’s North American headquarters will be located in the same area as the old Ford plant, Henry Ford II Ave. has a new name: Porsche Avenue. The Ford plant closed in 2006.
Photo courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.