AJ's Car Of The Day: Mercury Comet GT
Car: Mercury Comet GT
What makes it special: For 1971, the Comet name was revived as the Mercury version of the Ford Maverick. The GT was the performance model for the Mercury Comet line.
What made it famous: The Mercury Comet GT was equipped with a 210 hp, 302 V8 engine with your choice of a 3-speed floor shifted manual transmission or 3-speed automatic. It also featured a blacked-out grille, dual body-side tape stripes, high-back bucket seats, dual racing mirrors, and a simulated hood scoop.
Why I would want one: There aren't many Comet GT's around anymore. Most were used and abused, then scrapped. They were factory hot rods with a 302 V8 stuffed into the same body that would otherwise be an economy car with the base 170 cu in inline 6 cylinder engine.
Fun fact: The Comet was originally planned as a Ford Edsel model. It was reassigned to Mercury dealerships after the demise of the Edsel, where it was marketed as a standalone product for 1960 and 1961 as the Comet.