This is a sixth generation Mercury Monterey (1965-68, this is a ‘67-68). This was the last of the Montereys sold in the US until they dredged the name up to slap on a minivan 39 years later.
I would consider this a great bridge between the ornate and sometimes overdone cars of the early ’60s and the awful 3-box cars of the 70’s. It’s square and boxy, but still retains some of that mid-century elegance.
Seen in NE Portland
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
1964 Mercury Montclair, with the optional Marauder package. A stupid (or brilliant) marketing decision means that this badge could signify something as little as the beautiful fastback roof option instead of the roll-down rear window version.
On the bright side, it could mean this salmon colored tank has the 427 V8, 4 Speed Manual transmission, and rear locking differential. Oh well, I don’t own it and can’t drive it so I really don’t care. It looks beautiful though.
Seen in SE 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 Cougar, (1969-70) in an amazing blue.
Seen in SE Portland
Second Generation (1971-73) Mercury Cougar. This model signifies the transition of the Cougar from a true muscle car to “personal luxury car.” Not the best move, but the gas crisis didn’t leave many options for this type of car to keep on living. Seen in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA.
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.
2nd Generation Mercury Meteor (1962-63) seen in SE Portland. The Meteor seemed to be a midsize stopgap in the re-invention of Mercury during the early 60’s. It fell prey to future Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s plan for the brand to move upscale…and I cannot blame him; this car was pure vanilla…though it was never really replaced with anything more interesting.
Third Generation (1961-64) Mercury Monterey seen in SE Portland. So many great things about this car. First of all it probably has one of the most dimensional bodysides ever. Just imagine cruising down the highway with your arm resting on that massive door. It also has an awesome “Breezeway” rear window that rolls down for extra airflow. Mercury was never really my favorite brand, but I could see why it used to be so popular, this was a great brand with a great identity until everything went to shit in the ’70s. You know it was bad when the Monterey name was slapped onto to a rebadged Ford Freestar minivan. Shame.
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.
I find most of this car easy to like. It has a great proportion but the rear quarter is the exception. Its kitschy, cat-like tail lamps reveal its Edsel roots, and are far to feminine for my taste.
First generation 1967-70 Mercury Cougar as seen under the Broadway Bridge, NW Portland