Sixth generation Mercury Comet (1971-77) seemingly more common than it’s Ford Maverick cousin, as I have seen many more of them on the street.
This one has been put out to pasture long ago but it somehow seems to avoid the scrap yard. No points awarded for the grille made out of chicken wire and what appears to be kitchen cabinet knobs, but the Lincoln-Mercury badge is cool, as well as the four different colors of exterior paint it’s sporting.
Seen in NE Portland
Fifth Generation Mercury Comet (1971-77). I can’t tell you how many of these I have run across, but I have to say they are growing on me. Great proportions, and they’ve aged pretty well, except for the front grille. Have to admit that white lettering on the tires can look so good on a car like this.
Seen in Culver City, CA
First Generation Mercury Comet (1960-63, 60-61 in this bodystyle). This one features the S-22 trim package, little more than cool badging, bucket seats and a floor console (think Ford Falcon “Futura”). Love that stylized comet on the C-pillar.
Precariously perched outside the Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA.
Today’s post was found in the Silver Lake neighborhood of LA. It’s an early Mercury Comet Coupe, my guess is 1961-63. This model was originally meant to be an entry level Edsel, however Ford chose to divest in the brand due to its unfavorable reception (which is a shame really, Edsel Ford was a visionary man and did a great deal for Detroit, his cars were just kind of ugly).
The reason I guess this is a 61-63 is that the first offerings in 1960 carried no Mercury branding as the switch was made rather late, and this one has an emblem displayed prominently on the back.