Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Random Car Wednesday: 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente

When introduced in 1960, the Ford Falcon was a tremendous success. Offering a variety of bodystyles in a compact, affordable, and dependable package was tantalizing to consumers. However, those looking for a bit more luxury turned to the more upscale Mercury Comet. This was essentially the same car, but it had different bodywork and more options. Today's RCW is a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente sedan. The Caliente was essentially the top-level Comet, behind the low-volume, 427-powered Comet Cyclone. Most Caliente models got a 260 or 289 V8, as well as some special badges and upholstery. This particular car is a bit worse for wear, but appears to be used regularly. Black with bright blue was probably not a factory color, suggesting a repaint, and modifications include new rims, hood pins, and exhaust. There's also some noticeable cosmetic damage to the front fender. So it's a bit beaten, but seeing as how these early Comets seem to have faded away into obscurity, it's a great find nevertheless.

1964 Mercury Comet Caliente

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