The Real Maverick: 1974 Mercury Comet
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. Tip from Rock On!
From the seller;
1974 mercury comet
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: custom
title status: clean
1974 mercury Comet for sale.
302 motor, 2 barrel electric choke carb. Power steering, NEW Front Disc Brakes,
Rebuilt C-4 Transmission
New Front Suspension parts
New Rear Springs
New MSD, New Single wire 100 amp Alternator
New Aluminum Radiator
New Dual Exhaust
Lots more NEW.
$7,000 Call or Text
See a better way to drive a golden Comet? email@example.com
I almost sent this one in the last time it was posted, but hesitated, thinking it wasn’t quite right. I swear, in a previous ad it said something about a vinyl top being removed and the roof resprayed. Hard to see in the photos if that’s true. Either that info has been left out this time or I’m losing it. But random info about dumb crap like ’74 Comets is about all I’m good at remembering…
I have a strong appreciation for Mavericks and Comets and I’m glad they’re finally getting their due, but this particular car is lucky it has a 302 and American Racing wheels because the rest is uninspiring and the color combo is puke. I’d have to do something about that yellowed tan/beige interior if I owned it… something more than just taping a barf bag to the steering wheel.
Looks cleaner than anything intended as malaise era cheap transportation should be expected to look. Another DT offering that makes me question last year’s decision to spend $10K on a Dieselgate VW as my daily driver.
Both daily drivers and cheap classics have plenty of room in my driveway…but then I’ve been told I have a problem. But civil parking authorities haven’t told me yet in any official capacity.
Shouldn’t a ’74 have the big bumpers? Either someone swapped on the earlier bumpers, or this isn’t a ’74.
Aside from the baby crap color scheme and the fun-robbing slushbox, this looks like a nice deal on a two-door throwback ride. I might treat the color mismatch on the front end as an excuse to repaint, and while it probably wouldn’t be worth the money, a manual transplant in this car would be pretty easy.