Pop the hood and you'll see where the real money was spent: a 302 cubic inch V8, better known as the 5. The previous generation Comet shared its platform with the all-new Ford Mustang in 1964, and when the Comet graduated to the intermediate platform, the became the platform shared with the Mustang. A new Custom decor package featuring vinyl roof, body-colored wheel covers, wide vinyl-insert body-side moldings, vinyl bucket seats, luxury carpeting, and extra sound insulation was a popular option. Along with the redesign, the model designations were changed. The white on the car needs repaint, old damage on the hood needs some work. Officially a Mercury in 1962, the Comet received some welcome upgrades. A new, larger front bumper to meet federal standards was added to all models in 1973.
Man that thing was a blast to drive. You won't see one of these at every cruise-in and the low curb weight and strong-running V8 make it a ton of fun to drive. It was now a direct crossover to the Ford Fairlane, but better appointed. Are you looking to buy your dream classic car? At their debut, the split grille was replaced by one more in keeping with Mercury's design themes. These intermediate-sized cars used the same basic chassis as the original Ford Falcon and Mercury Comet compacts, but were stretched with longer wheelbases.
The standard transmission continued as a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission. The base 144 cid six engine was dropped and the 170 cid six became the new base engine. I pull it thru the woods at 110 by missing a curve. The interior is complete and usable as-is, and the body — while having some surface rust — is not rotted out. It's backed by a C4 3-speed automatic transmission and original 8-inch rear end, so the components are rugged enough to put up with some fun, and the cackling Flowmaster dual exhaust definitely has that Ford 5. While the short lived 1960 Edsels used elliptical shaped taillights, the lenses used on both cars differed in length and width.
There's a fat wood-rimmed steering wheel, for example, which adds a sporty look without changing the overall vibe. Only 519 were sold, all with 351-cid V-8s instead of the bigger 428. In 1966, the Mercury Comet grew from a compact to a mid-size car. We like the white pinstripe that highlights the gentle curve of the fenders and they didn't shave or delete any of the original trim. Underneath it all was the same basic chassis that had originally been used for the Ford Falcon, the original Comet, and for the mid-sized Ford Fairlane, Mercury Meteor, and later Mercury Comets.
For 1964, Ford produced about 50 ultra-high performance lightweight Comet Cyclones, equipped with their racing two-carburetor 427 engine, similar to their cousin, the. The Voyager name had previously been used to designate a full-sized Mercury station wagon that was positioned between the base Commuter and the top-of-the-line Colony Park station wagon models. The car is a fantastic expression of American muscle, albeit one from a mid-level, luxury-oriented nameplate. Its basic lines were shared with the new Falcon, but the front grille used styling similar to that of the. The Comet's lines have aged rather well, with the new-fastback profile accentuating the long hood and short deck theme that created the Mustang. However, production of 1960 Edsels continued until late November.
Originally promoted as a two-door sedan, this vintage beauty is designed to be an inexpensive subcompact car. To much to list here, I can email you details. Transmissions were either a 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic with either column or floor-mounted shifters. Ford had purchased the Comet name from Comet Coach Company, a professional car manufacturer that produced a line of funeral coaches. The Comet 202 4-door station wagon was discontinued.
. The changes to the 1961 Comet were minimal such as moving the Comet Script from the front fender to the rear quarter as well as a new grille design. In 1966, the Mercury Comet grew from a compact to a mid-size car. It is a fun car that gets plenty of attention when we have it out. Certain other parts from the 1959 Edsel parts bin, including the parking lights and dashboard knobs, were used on the first-year Comet. Ford had originally planned to the replace the Comet and its Ford Maverick counterpart for the 1975 model year with updated and extensively redesigned models that would continue to use the Comet and Maverick names. The models produced were a two-door coupe, four-door sedan and two and four-door station wagons.
The Comet carried the same running gear as it's Ford Division sibling, but had a slightly longer wheelbase and a more refined, luxurious interior. Would love to have this one. Initial Comet body styles were 2-door coupes, 4-door sedans and 2- and 4-door station wagons and the only engine available was the 144 cid Thriftpower straight six with a single-barrel Holley carburetor which produced 90 horsepower. The mid-sized base model was the Comet Mercury dropped the 202 suffix available only as a 2-door coupe. Through the remaining productions years ending in 1977, the Mercury Comet was marketed as a low end intermediate or compact car model.
A 250 cid using a single-barrel carburetor and generating 155 hp 116 kW at 4000 rpm would replace the previous 200 cid 6 as standard. With your vintage cat-eye sunglasses on and a polka-dot scarf around your neck, when you drive down the coast in your Ford Maverick, all you can think about is Audrey Hepburn movies. The back seat is in excellent condition and is roomy enough for real-sized adults and there's a nice, big trunk that looks to be in excellent order. There are plenty of upgrades from its humble 1973 specifications, including a 4-barrel carburetor, so it's potent without being fussy. A Comet 4-door sedan for 1969 was supposedly planned, but never offered. The name had previously been used to denote the 4-door steel-sided station wagon in the Edsel Ranger series. Dodge produced the Daytona 500 and Ford retaliated with the Torino Talladega and Mercury Spoiler.
It's basic, yes, but that's part of the appeal with cars like this, and a few minor upgrades make a big difference. Pic 21 Hole between driver door and rear wheel in the rocker panel. Transmission options included a 3-speed manual and a 2-speed Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. The models produced were a two-door coupe, four-door sedan and two and four-door station wagons. Developed concurrently with the , early pre-production photographs of the sedan show a car remarkably close to the Comet that emerged, but with a split grille following the pattern established by Edsel models.