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Posted by Joel Paulino 

The Mercury Comet is an automobile that was produced by Mercury from 1960–1969 and 1971–1977 — variously as either a compact or an intermediate car. This particular model has a very interesting Hood Ornament…

Officially, the first Mercury Comets were sold in 1962, even though the model had debuted two years earlier at Lincoln-Mercury dealerships. But Ford had never intended the Comet to be sold under its long-running mid-level brand. The Ford Motor Company had much grander plans for its slightly bigger, upmarket version of the Falcon.With Ford’s top brass seemingly still gung-ho on the Edsel in 1958, the brand-new division also prepared for its first compact car to supplement what was already a nearly complete lineup of mid-size and full-size models. With Ford division’s compact already well along in the development process, the company decided a derivative of the Falcon would slot in nicely as the entry-level Edsel.To be made with a longer wheelbase than the Falcon, the Comet would fit in right below the Ranger line, then the Edsel’s base vehicle. Ford would give the Comet not only more room and substance than the Falcon, but a bit more style and design flair, as would be fitting to a slightly more upmarket car. If only things had worked out that way.

By Terry Shea from January 2016 issue of Hemmings Classic Car

Carry On… Mm

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