1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone, With Bonus Mercury PollS

I enjoy the nice, shiny, well-preserved cars in this series, of course, but I really love me some beaters! Cars that haven't been coddled for one minute of their decades-long lives! This Cyclone is one of my all-time favorite Alameda cars; an original 289/4-speed machine, it's been roaring around the island for at least the last 15 years and probably longer. It sounds good, looks mean, and lives on a busy street. Sure, it's slowly rusting away, but it's got decades to go before the slow-motion California-style rust finally brings it down.

1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone, With Bonus Mercury PollS


I've talked to the owner of this car a few times (we were neighbors for a couple years in the late 1990s) and he's extremely proud of his wheels. As I recall, he's either the original owner or the second owner, and he has plans to get the body and paint done... someday.

1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone, With Bonus Mercury PollS


There's some rust-through on the hood, but you figure it took 44 years to get this bad... plenty of time to fix the body!

1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone, With Bonus Mercury PollS

The Cyclone name was later applied to a separate Mercury model (the Merc version of the Fairlane/Torino), but in '64 it was the high-performance package for Mercury's Falcon clone. You got the 210-horse 289, some racy-looking emblems, and bucket seats when you opted for the '64 Comet Cyclone.

1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone, With Bonus Mercury PollS


I'm puzzled by this car's vanity plate. There was a slot-car shop in town for a while, so perhaps the Cyclone's owner was the owner.

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