The Voyager name had previously been used to designate a full-sized Mercury station wagon that was positioned between the base Commuter and the top-of-the-line Colony Park station wagon models. Gotta be careful out there! The 289 V8 was available in three horsepower ratings, base 2-barrel 200 hp, 4-barrel 225 hp 168 kW and the premier driveline option was the 289 cubic inch, 271 hp 202 kW high-performance engine and four-speed manual transmission found on the. The performance version was known as the , replacing the previous S-22. New engines available in the Comet for 1966 included a 390 cid V8 engine with a 2-barrel carburetor producing 265 hp 198 kW at 4400 rpm, a 390 cid V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor producing 275 hp 205 kW , and 390 cid V8 engine that produced 335 hp 250 kW. The 429 Cobra Jet was the 429 cu in 7,030 cc four-barrel with dual exhaust but with the Ram Air induction. That came with the 335-hp, 428-cid V-8 standard, a four-speed transmission, and a plain bench seat interior.
It is the S Code 390V8 with 4spd manual transmission, power disc brakes, wood grain steering wheel, torque thrust wheels with radial tires, and sunpro gauges. There were a few vehicles that came from the factory with a 289 V8 and over 270 horsepower, thought this was technically not an option offered. As a Mercury, early Comets received better grade interior trim than concurrent Falcons, and a slightly longer wheelbase. In 1966 the Comet was all new. Instead of the 4-speed manual transmission used on the track cars, Menzies fitted this car with a heavy-duty Merc-O-Matic C6 transmission backed by a 9-inch limited-slip rear end with 3.
Colors for the Spoiler were limited to Competition Yellow, Competition Blue, pastel blue, Competition Gold, Competition Green and Competition Orange but for a premium Ford included the 'color of your dreams' program, and 31 buyers took advantage. For the family cars, a 200 cubic inch six of 120 hp was standard. This is the first year the car carried Mercury badging. The base 8-cylinder engine was increased from 260 to 289 cid and, using a 2-barrel carburetor, it produced 200 hp 150 kW at 4400 rpm. There was no 1970 Comet but a year later the Comet re-appeared. Beginning in 1966, the Comet grew from a compact to become a mid-sized car.
The model was offered with comparatively few changes through the 1977 model year, and was then discontinued to make room for the new for the 1978 model year. Dressed with the attractive color combination of Emberglow Metallic paint with the black rocker stripping and black interior. A rear-axle ratio of 3. Horsepower ratings would fluctuate slightly up or down through the years the Comet would remain in production, but not by very much. Developed concurrently with the , early pre-production photographs of the sedan show a car remarkably close to the Comet that emerged, but with a split grille following the pattern established by Edsel models. For Comet Cyclones equipped with the optional 427 410 hp 306 kW engine there were no changes to the body work.
The option group included a functional Ram Air induction through twin integrated hood scoops, Traction-Lok limited slip differential, F70-14 for 351 cu in 5,752 cc cars, and G70-14 tires for 429 cu in 7,030 cc powered cars, hub caps and trim rings, body striping and identification, three-spoke steering wheel and dual racing mirrors. On the next page, find out why the Mercury Comet featured stacked headlights but other cars in the family didn't. In comparison to the Ford Falcon, the Mercury had more lavish and upgraded interior trim details. The Comet 202 4-door station wagon was discontinued. A 302 cid V8 engine using a 2-barrel carburetor and generating 210 hp 160 kW at 4600 rpm would replace the previous 289 cid V8 midway in the 1968 model year. Beyond them in the catalog of 1966 Mercury Comet powertrains was a choice of optional 390-cubic-inch V-8s with two-barrel carburetors, one rated at 265 horsepower for use with manual transmissions and the other at 275 horsepower for automatic-transmission cars. For Comet Cyclones equipped with the optional 427 410 hp 306 kW engine there were no changes to the body work.
Introduced in 1964 as the Mercury Comet Cyclone, the Cyclone replaced the S-22 as the performance-oriented version of the model line. The taillights were also slightly re-styled. The base engine was the 170 cid inline-6 with a single-barrel carburetor producing 100 hp 75 kW at 4200 rpm. The 429 Cobra Jet with Ram Air was the standard engine for the Cyclone Spoiler, with the 429 Super Cobra Jet with Drag Pak and Super Drag Pak optional. Underneath, a heavy-duty suspension operated with stiffer spring and shock damping rates.
A 250 cid using a single-barrel carburetor and generating 155 hp 116 kW at 4000 rpm would replace the previous 200 cid 6 as standard. For 1973 models, the base 170 cid six was dropped and the 200 cid six became the base engine. In 1960, the only engine available was the 144 straight six with a single-barrel Holley carburetor which produced 90 hp 67 kW at 4200 rpm. Shrewsberry still owns his original 427 Comet in Caliente trim. While the 1963 model looked almost identical to the earlier models, the chassis and suspension were redesigned to accommodate an optional 260 cid engine Borrowed from the using a 2-barrel carburetor and producing 164 hp 122 kW.
Changes for 1974 included even larger front bumpers and new larger rear bumpers to match. The Comet Capri would replace the previous Comet 404 and the Comet Voyager 4-door station wagon would replace the previous Comet 404 station wagon. They want all the contact information they can get to try to steal your stuff. For the 1972 model year, the Cyclone returned as an option package for the Montego; only 30 examples were produced. I hope that one of the Barn Finds community snaps this one up. Fairly late, though, they decided that the updated versions would be built alongside the original Maverick and the Comet that had originally been introduced for 1971. The engine sounds fantastic rumbling from the dual exhaust.