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?
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.