Affordable fun doesnt come much more honest than this 1976 Mercury Comet. A 63,380 original mile survivor, its the legendary little old lady special with pure 1970s appeal, which is suddenly very much back in fashion. If you like the era, the fun, and the idea of getting into the hobby for the cost of a 7-year-old Honda, this might just be what youve been looking for.
Thats 100% original paint on the stylish two-tone Comet, and its wearing the past 40 years rather well, dont you think? The colors are 1970s cool, and like I said, all things 70s are suddenly a lot more popular as folks of a certain age realize that its time to start having some fun. The Comet and its sister the Ford Maverick died shortly after this car was built, but the proportions are rather sporty, with a long hood and sloping fastback-style roofline that makes it look quick and nimble. Factory enamel has a soft shine that you can only earn through time and careful maintenance, and its pretty obvious that for some reason or another, someone really loved this car. Theres an unusual padded half-roof, again in great shape, as well as enough chrome to ensure that it is recognized as the upscale Mercury version, not the bargain-basement Ford. It all shines up rather well and at a glance, its easy to see that its never been wrecked or rusty.
The interior is remarkably well finished for an affordable classic, and the wide bench seats show almost no signs that four decades have passed. The bright, airy tan interior looks tasteful and well-finished, with attractive door panels with just a touch of woodgrining and a simple instrument panel with two round nacelles for the gauges. The carpets, door panels, seats, and headliner are in excellent shape, with the dash pad showing only minor discoloration from age, again suggesting a car that has lived a good life in a sheltered place. The steering wheel has some wear in the usual places where youd grab on to cruise, but otherwise its quite nice. Options are limited to an AM/8-track radio and factory A/C, which has recently been converted to R134a refrigerant, so its still doing its job all these years later. The back seat looks practically unused and the trunk is outfitted with the original mat and a full-sized spare with jack assembly.
Fords 250 cubic inch inline-six is torquey and smooth, and given the Comets modest weight, performance is lively. Its not a muscle car, but youll never feel like youre a rolling road block, either. As youd expect from a survivor like this, the engine bay is clean and quite stock, from the Ford Blue engine enamel to the intake hose attached to the air cleaner. The only piece that seems out of place is the aftermarket radiator hose, but if youre in the mood to make it look factory-fresh, a correct hose should be easy to find. It starts easily and runs well, pulling through a C4 3-speed automatic transmission and using 2.79 gears to be comfortable on the highway. All the signs of a southern car are present underneath, where its clean but not detailed, and the sporting Magnum 500-style wheels and Uniroyal radials give it a flashy look.
Fun to drive, affordable, and with A/C that works, this is a no-risk way to have some fun in an old car. Call today!