1965 Mercury Comet Caliente Welcome to Down On The Street , where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today we're going to head over to the former Naval Air Station Alameda, where the Enterprise , Coral Sea , and Carl Vinson have been replaced by companies that make movies and absinthe. While the ex-base (now known as Alameda Point) is miles wide, it doesn't have many streets intended for parking and hardly anyone lives there full-time. That means the DOTS pickings aren't as good as the rest of the island, but I was still able to find this daily-driven '65 Comet parked near the old Officers' Club.

1965 Mercury Comet Caliente
We've already seen a 1965 Comet in Alameda (the Bechtle Mercury ), but that was a bottom-of-line 202. The Caliente, on the other hand, was the luxury version of the Comet, selling for $2,352 versus the $2,108 that penny-pinchers shelled out for the 202. Keep in mind, however, that the mechanically identical Ford Falcon coupe was just $1,977. The real dilemma facing car shoppers looking at a small Dearborn product back then was this: the '65 Mustang coupe sold for $2,372, nearly identical to the Caliente's price tag. Which would you have purchased?
1965 Mercury Comet Caliente
Standard engine on the Comet was the slow-but-dependable 200-cube inline six. Give the Mercury dealer some extra cash and you'd roar out of the showroom with a 225-horse Super Cyclone 289 in your Comet Caliente, and of course it goes without saying that you'd want the 4-speed as well.

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