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    Default 1966-67 Mercury Comet: So Good It Will Change Your Accent

    1966-67 Mercury Comet: So Good It Will Change Your Accent

    Posted on June 27, 2012 by PeteRizzo



    “Enough of this, turn on lights, I want to see!” a cooing blonde says seductively. And with that the lights come up and a creamy white 1966 Mercury Comet 202 is unveiled.

    “Yes, yes it’s very different,” a man says, oblivious to his perfectly manicured goatee as he begins to go through each of the car’s newest features.

    This is the ’60s, when carmakers were going lengths to differentiate their models from the throngs of buyers hanging on performance details, and long-form ads like this kitschy seven-minute trailer for the Comet 202 were, sadly, acceptable.
    I’d like to think we’ve progressed a long way from this in advertising, but when it comes to the aesthetic appeal, it’s probably safe to say this Mercury is proof of a downward trend for American carmakers. After all, the ’66-67 Comet was a middle of the pack model in its heyday, but it would look positively sultry next to any mid-level car today.

    The ’66-67 Comet would also blow many new cars out of the water in everything but fuel efficiency. As How Stuff Works notes, the Comet “hit its stride in 1966-1967, taking a step up in size and performance.”

    And with four available models, the Mercury Comet 202, the Mercury Comet Capri, the Mercury Comet Caliente and the Mercury Comet Cyclone, which was high-end version, buyers had a wide range of looks and performance options to choose from.

    For just over $2,000, buyers could get ahold of a 390ci engine, under-dash air conditioning, plush bucket seats and more. Today, collectors continue to find ways to improve on the model, with many customizing the engines and adding edgy paint jobs. And while cars may soon come with touchscreen exteriors, I’d take a great looking Comet anyday.


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    Ha ha! I love it! Obviously I dig the Comet, but as a kid I always dreamed I'd have a 67 Fairlane one day... Well I wasn't looking for one when I came across the '67 Mercury pictured above, but at first I was like "that was a '67 Fairlane!" On inspection I found it was a Mercury, but hey, they called it the 'sophisticated man's fairlaine' back in the day

    It had to be mine, and I brought her home. Drives like a dream, has a undeniable hot rod look to it and I absolutley love the car. Building a very hot little 302 engine for it right now, and of course one of the first things I did was toss the 3-speed toploader and install a '91 Mustang T-5 world class 5-speed in it.

    Hunting for a solid 8 or 9" rear to put in, loaded with some 3.73 gears. The original rearend was 3.20 geared, but built to handle only what a 6-cylinder 200 cid could dish out - I'm not even gonna fire the car with the new engine until the rearend is replaced because I doubt I'll keep my foot out of it and I'd hate to grenade the pumpkin.

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    That's my girl
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    I may not do it all right, but I'll do it myself the best I can - THATS HOT RODDING!

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    Love that old comercial.

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    COOLRIDE!
    Always keep em smokin,,,,then let er drift!

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    ooooo yea :smile:
    OLD MOPARS NEVER DIE THEY JUST GO FASTER

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    She's getting a heart transplant sometime this month - gotta detail out the engine compartment first...

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