COMET CALIENTE MEANS HOT COMET

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Neat post over on the Hemmings blog this morning on the ’65 Mercury Comet. And, more specifically, the Comet Caliente.

Now, while this particular car for sale is the 404 model and not the Caliente, we just dig the hell outta the ‘square’ body Falcons and Comets of the mid-Sixties. They’re small, narrow and make for good nostalgia drag cars. Now, Hemmings describes these coupes thusly:

“The advantages of the economy car also prove its downfall. Inexpensive to buy and operate, they’re used up and worn out, seen as disposable and replaceable and fine for inexperienced drivers to beat on.”

We agree. And one of the long-standing traditions of hotrodders has always been to take what’s cheap and available and use it toward their own ends – which means big motor, small car, lightweight and fast as hell. So, take a look at Dave Tanimura’s 428-powered Comet from a few weeks ago at the California Hot Rod Reunion. HOT. Uh, we mean, CALIENTE!

3 Responses to “COMET CALIENTE MEANS HOT COMET”

  1. myron k. says:

    This is totally cool! being that I own a ’65 Comet Cyclone.I’ve been aware of their uniqueness/coolness allure for quite awhile.Imagine my surprise to find what I’d never expect to be a topic here.Dig you Autoculture bro’s even more now! Thank’s,Man!
    Sincelery,MyronK.

  2. Hank says:

    I used to see a maroon Caliente with a K-Code 289 at an illegal drag strip in Malboro Mass back in the 1980s. It was not the fastest thing there, but it ran respectably, and is was utterly beautiful. One of the most simple and elegant cars ever made.

  3. mevido says:

    64 and 65 comets and the falcons are perfect leigtweight draggers and gassers.

    the bonecrusher:
    http://www.flickriver.com/photos/27587130@N02/tags/65/

    ronnie sox and his 64:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_q7ta3qfQBCU/Sy1uU_hH6II/AAAAAAAAAfc/MUUp_ceo4xc/s1600-h/Ronnie+Sox+Comet.jpg

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