Car: Mercury Comet GT
What makes it special: In 1971, the Comet name returned as the Mercury version of Ford's Maverick model. It shared most of Maverick's sheet metal, with the only noticeable differences being the grille, taillights, hood and obvious badging. It's taillights actually were shared with same year Mercury's Montego and Cyclone models.
What made it famous: The Mercury Comet GT was the Muscle Car of the Comet line. It featured a blacked-out grille, dual body-side tape stripes, high-back bucket seats, wheel trim rings, dual racing mirrors, bright window frames, black instrument panel, deluxe door trim panels, and a simulated hood scoop. It was also equipped with a 210 hp, 302 V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor. Your transmission choices were either a 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic, both available with either column or floor-mounted shifters.
Why I would want one: Being an affordable muscle car, many of these were used, abused and scrapped years ago, making the few that still remain more attractive to own. Like many equally equipped models of that year, they make great street rod material with some simple bolt on performance mods.
Fun fact: The Comet was originally planned as an Edsel model. It was reassigned to Mercury dealerships after the demise of the Edsel model, where it was marketed as a standalone product for 1960 and 1961 as the Comet.
( 1971 Mercury Comet GT photo from powerful-cars.com )