Street/strip cars were a big thing back in the 1980s/1990s. You’d take a cheap 60s muscle car (hah, remember when they were cheap) and shove a big engine under the hood, wide tires out back, skinnys in the front, replace some of the sheet metal with fiberglass and cage it. Modified, but street legal. You’d take it to the drags a few times to get that 10.99 ET and then it would become your Friday night car show car. Car customization is different today and most of those 1/4 mile drag strips have been turned into strip malls or condos (at least in the area of SoCal that was the hot rod capital back in the day), but you can relive the glory days when you had hair on the top of your head and could tuck a shirt into those 32 inch waist Levis without needing a mirror. Find this 1965 Mercury Comet offered for $10,500 in Hillsdale, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Do you know what is better than a common classic like the Ford Maverick? Yeah, you know, it is the Mercury version of that platform. It comes with all of the same basic mechanical underpinnings, but with a weird badge and name that’ll make everyone think you are some kind of connoisseur of the vintage horseless carriage. Find this 1971 Mercury Comet offered for $11,900 in Orlando, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
There is something supremely cool about a vintage Mercury Comet. It isn’t the fastest classic car around…with the stock 170 cubic inch inline-6 and automatic it is going to be downright slow…but car isn’t about reaching your destination, this car is about the experience of getting there. Find this 1962 Mercury Comet offered for $9800 in Huntington Beach, CA via craigslist.
The Ford Maverick was released into the wild for the 1970 model year as a replacement for the compact pony car known as the Mustang that was being blown up into a fully fledged (from the zoology, a bird develops its plumage or fledge at maturity) muscle car (see 1971 Mustang). Anyway, the basic Maverick is interesting and I like it, but show me the corporate badged Mercury version known as the Comet and I’ll swoon like a teenage girl at an Elvis concert. Find this 1974 Mercury Comet offered for $7000 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
If the Ford Maverick is the little known step brother of the Mustang, then it’s cousin the Mercury Comet is even more obscure. The Comet GT trim level was the muscle car trim package that upped the ante with the 302 V8 engine. These cars were originally conceived as import fighters, but in reality duked […]
The Ford Maverick is a cool ride if you don’t mind some early 70s style and a simple mechanical setup, but anybody will tell you is that the best way to drive an early 70s Ford is with a Mercury badge on the hood. Find this 1971 Mercury Comet GT offered for $8775 in Los Angeles, […]
If the Ford Maverick is the little known step brother of the Mustang, it’s cousin the Mercury Comet is even more obscure. The Comet GT trim level was the muscle car trim package that upped the ante with the 302 V8 engine. These cars were originally conceived as import fighters, but in reality duked it […]
Legendary car customizer and Batmobile builder George Barris passed on to the great junkyard in the sky yesterday, at the age of 89. He was born in Chicago in 1925, but spent his adult years in the SoCal area working on many movie cars including the Munster Coach, 1967 Batmobile, KITT, etc. His imprint on […]
The second generation Mercury Comet was sold in 1964 and 1965 model years on a platform shared with Ford’s Falcon, and to a lesser extent, the Mustang. The ’64 Comet used much of the 1st generation unibody, but kept the horizontal lights of the earlier cars and is arguably the best looking Comet. Find this […]
The Mercury Comet was an up market version of Ford’s popular Falcon compact sedan and rode on a slightly longer wheelbase and had a nicer interior. The Comet was initially launched to be part of Ford’s Edsel lineup, but with the failure of the Edsel marque, the Comet was sent to the Mercury dealer with […]