Souped-up ’74 Comet GT

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Old-timers might remember the introduction of Mercury’s compact Comet, an event featured with a series of television commercials with the jingle, “One-hundred-thousand miles at one-hundred miles per hour on the banks of the mighty big D.” The message was a reference to a promotion in which the cars averaged 100 mph for 100,000 miles in an endurance demonstration at Daytona International Speedway.

Those early Comets were based on the Ford Falcon and were intended to be an entry-level model for Edsel dealerships, but with the demise of that experiment, Comets were reassigned to Ford’s Lincoln-Mercury division.

The Comet went into hiatus for 1970 but returned for 1971, now based on Ford’s Maverick, which had replaced the Falcon in Ford’s lineup a year earlier. The Standard Encyclopedia of America Cars termed the Comet “a Maverick with makeup.”

Our Pick of the Day is an even more modified 1974 Mercury Comet GT, being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a classic car dealership in Lakeland, Florida.

The dealer’s ad notes that the car was used as a daily driver for “a few” years, and since has undergone a resto-mod update.

The engine is a 1986 Ford HO (high output) 302cid V8 with a 650 Holley carb and Weiand Stealth intake. The car also has power brakes and steering, electronic ignition, new shocks, dual exhaust, and interior upgrades that include a custom center console, gauges and aftermarket seats and new carpeting.

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The dealer also notes that the “heavy” 1974 bumpers were replaced with lighter ’72 versions.

The car wears bright orange paint with black racing stripes, a hood scoop and front lip and rear deck spoilers. It rides on alloy wheels.

The asking price is $17,900.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Easily the nicest 1974 Mercury Comet I’ve ever seen. I remember these back in the day. And even brand new, they didn’t look this good. Really nice job.

  2. I am very interested in a kinda of not your usuall type muscle if you can give me a call we can talk i can ask you the usuall how dose it run is something wrong it dose it smoke why are you selling it ect then you tell me it runs like a rolex then we can get down to how much paid on the barell head i she good to go she go

  3. I was amazed to see this article. My dad and I built that car. The only difference is it didn’t have the side stripes and the rear bumper wasn’t painted black when I sold it. Ed, thanks for the compliment.

    • Ralph, was there anything wrong with it when you sold it? It looks like a sweet car, but a lot of money and a long ways away from where I live.

  4. Very nice car. I had a 1971 Comet GT with the 302 3spd standard. Very fast car and lots of power. I am glad to see someone else enjoys this model also.

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