1964 Mercury Comet Sedan
1964 Mercury Comet Sedan
When people hear the word Caliente they tend to apply the Spanish meaning of the term to the automobile. Of course, Caliente translated into English means hot or a description of attractiveness. When I asked a Spanish speaking neighbor for the precise meaning of the word, he told me it represents someone who is promiscuous. When you apply the term to a Mercury Comet it really describes the top level of trim offered on the automobile. These cars offered plush deluxe carpeting, chrome body side moldings and Caliente badging.
For consignment a squared off version of the Comet. This one is in full Caliente trim, is in fair condition and does run. In search of a good caregiver who would want to bring this car back from its years in storage.
Starting life as a factory Anniversary Silver painted car, we now note a Sea Green Respray. Some chips in the paint, as well as dulling in areas are duly noted. There are also areas of bubbling and rust through on the front wheel wells. Chrome, Brite-work, and badging show signs of age with dimpling, pitting and some rust. The wraparound chrome side panel trim has been replaced by a single wide strip of white painted interior surrounded by chrome. The rear “Dixie Cup” taillights have been replaced this year by a single strip of 3 circular taillights, with less protruding individual lights. More upscale turbine style wheel covers emblazoned with MERCURY are on all 4 corners.
Well preserved all be it smudged, and a little dirty, Red Vinyl with stitched square tufted panels, and tuck and roll vertical pleated upper setbacks are seen in front and back. Original red carpet shows lots of fading and is mostly underneath a rubber protective mat. The original dash is upfront, and has some wear to it, as well as deterioration of the plastic in some areas. Windlace is worn on all 4 doors, and the headliner is still tight above all the interior and does have some staining. The sun visors are well worn and are losing their edging.
A 200ci Inline 6-cylinder engine topped by a 1-barrel carburetor sits within an unrestored engine bay. A 2-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission is attached to the rear of the engine. Plenty of surface rust under here.
Areas of surface rust, and invasive rust are seen. Some previous repairs to remediate this rust have been performed, although some of it has returned.
A car stored for years, now in need of a redux. The trimmings are there they just need a renewal. This car runs a bit rough and creaks a bit when you turn it.
T-Metuchen NJ Assy Plant
22-Caliente 4 Door Sedan
T-200 CUI I6
539474-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 54D-4 Door Caliente Sedan
COLOR k-Anniversary Silver
TRIM 35A-Red Vinyl
DATE 19E-May 19th Build
TRANS 3-2 Speed Ford O Matic
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