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Ford Comet

Planned originally as an Edsel model, the Mercury Comet was referred to as the “baby Edsel”. In 1960 and 1961 it was marketed through Lincoln Mercury dealers simply as a “Comet”. Ford had purchased the Comet name from Comet Coach Company, a professional car manufacturer that produced a line of funeral coaches. The manufacturer went on to be re-named. 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.

Transmission options included a 3-speed manual and a 2-speed Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. In 1962 Comet was officially made a Mercury model and received some minor re-styling to bring the car more in line with the Mercury look. The Comet Cyclone debuted in 1963 and 1964 model line included the Comet Caliente, the Comet Cyclone, Comet 202, and the Comet 404. The GT option appeared in 1966 which included a 390 cubic inch motor with 4 barrel carbs and dual exhaust and the Comet grew from a compact to become a mid-sized car. It was now based on the same chassis as the Ford Fairlane intermediate. Comet saw a steady decline in sales during 1967 and 1968 and by 1970 there were no more Mercury Comets produced at all. Through the remaining productions years ending in 1977, the Mercury Comet was marketed as a low end intermediate or compact car model.