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!