Mercury Comet

At first planned as an Edsel model, the Comet was not authoritatively a Mercury until 1962, and was simply marketed in 1960 and 1961 as just the Comet. It was developed at the same time as the Ford Falcon, and early pre-production photographs of the sedan show a car remarkably close to the actual Comet that emerged. However, it had a split grille following the pattern established by the Edsel models. Early Ford styling sketches for the station wagon model carried the Edsel name as well. The Mercury Comet was an automobile produced by the Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company between 1960 and 1977. Variations in its design and marketing strategy resulted in the Comet being classified as either a compact or an intermediate-sized car during the seventeen years that the Comet name was used. This really is not that unusual as Ford was simply trying to place the car in the minds of the consumers and tying to make them think this was the size car they needed, even though the actual size of the car never changed. The Comet was a product of the compact Ford Falcon. On account of being marketed through Mercury, Comets did receive a better grade interior trim than concurrent Falcons, and also got a slightly longer wheelbase. When the cars were launched, the split grille was replaced by another in keeping with Mercury's design themes. However the elliptical taillights, which were first seen on the Edsel prototype, were indeed used and they carried the "E", for Edsel, part number on them. Interestingly, the keys for the 1960 & 1961 Comets were shaped like Edsel keys only with the center bar of the "E" removed to form a "C". For 1962 and 1963, the Comet shared a substantial number of body and mechanical parts with the short-lived Mercury Meteor intermediate.