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'64 Mercury Comet 404, Niagara Falls USA

In honor of the nice, warm (hot?) weather these past few days, how ’bout this 1964 Mercury Comet 404 sedan seen last winter in a Niagara Falls parking lot. Not the most exciting choice I could have posted, but just looking at it has a cooling effect. This year saw a total remake of the Mercury compact, moving it farther away from the Ford Falcon, which earlier Comets had much in common with. The 404 was neither the cheapest Comet (202) nor the most expensive (Caliente). 

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Max Planck

    Jim: While certainly not exciting or exotic as that ’36 Cord you posted, the ’64 Comet has a few interesting stories to tell, despite its ‘plain-Jane,’ spartan ways. It got some national attention recently when it was reported a 91-year old woman clocked 562,000 miles on her ’64 Caliente: 
     And, it should be remembered lying underneath that utilitarian sheet metal was a Mustang. As you’ll recall, when Ford brought out the Mustang halfway through the ’64 model year, it wasn’t an entirely re-engineered ‘new’ car and instead, Ford used chassis and drive train components from Comets and Falcons. 

    • I wonder if she would have bought a Mustang instead, if it would have lasted as long as the Comet.

      • Max Planck

        Probably not. It would have fallen in the hands of say, a grandson who woyud have hot-rodded it beyond its capacities…