One-family ’77 Mercury Comet with 302 V8

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Mercury Comet
The Comet was handed down through three generations

The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Mercury Comet with two-tone factory paint and a V8 engine, which has been owned by the same family since it was brand new, according to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

“This car was purchased ‘brand new’ off the showroom floor by my grandparents,” the private seller notes in the ad.

Mercury Comet
The Comet wears stylish factory wheels

The grandparents stopped using the Comet when they were no longer comfortable driving due to age, the seller adds.

“At about the same time, my Mom had her car stolen in Texas,” the seller notes. “So at that point they gave this car to her,” but with a stipulation that if she didn’t need or want the car, it would pass to her son.

Mercury Comet
The Comet was Mercury’s version of the Ford Maverick

“Two years ago, my mom called me to come get the car because she purchased a new vehicle,” the seller says.

However, the seller is “a single guy and (has) way too many vehicles and toys,” so the Comet is up for sale.

“I saved the best for last,” the seller adds. “This car has only 96,342.9 original miles.”

Mercury Comet
The Comet was handed down through three generations

The ’70s-era Mercury Comet shared its components with the Ford Maverick. This one has a 302cid V8 engine, four-speed automatic gearbox and 2:79 ratio in an 8-inch rear.

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Front bushings were replaced with urethane units a year ago, and gas shocks also were installed to improve ride quality, the seller says.

Mercury Comet
The headliner and seats have been redone in factory colors

The car has factory air conditioning, the Baby Blue and Metallic Blue two-tone factory paint and its original vinyl top. Other factory options include power steering and brakes, a remote-controlled exterior mirror on the driver’s side, sport wheels with beauty rims, and optional vinyl and cloth seats with a split front bench.

The audio system has been upgraded with AM/FM/CD, 9-inch speakers in the rear deck and 4-inch speakers in the kick panels. The seller says that since the car was photographed, the headliner and seats have been redone in factory colors and specifications.

The car is located in Bullhead City, Arizona, and is for sale for $14,500.

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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Your write up about the 1977 mercury comet having a 4 speed automatic transmission is incorrect. No American made car offered an automatic 4 speed in that era.

  2. Anytime I see a Maverick or Comet, it reminds me of my grandmother’s old Maverick. My grandparent’s first brand new car, which they didn’t purchase until they were both in their 50’s, was a mid-70’s Ford Maverick 4-door sedan. I remember it was painted a rather ugly metalflake gold with a brown interior and a brown vinyl top. Grandpap made sure the car and the house were both paid off and in top shape before he passed away in 1980. Since the car was always garage kept, she had it for 10+ years and it never rusted much that I remember; even here in western Pennsylvania! She finally sold it to a family friend in about 1985 or 86 when mounting repair and maintenance issues got to be too much for her. She bought something a little bit newer instead: a 1978 Pinto hatchback! The Pinto would be her last car as she had a massive stroke a few years later and was forced to stop driving. During that same time period my mother drove a Mercury Zephyr, which was a Ford Fairmont with fancy trim. Ever since then I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the underdog Ford’s of the 70’s and 80’s.

  3. Yes! Bring back those Bumpers… Yeah there ugly.. But Practical in every accident. No painting and no total fender ,hood, and grille replacement!!!

  4. Ah man, if I’d seen this ad sooner. That was my car, 1977-1984! Same two two paint, same color, everything. I still miss her.

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