1973 Mercury CometWelcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. We saw a '65 Mercury Comet Caliente last week, and before that the '65 Comet 202 and the '64 Comet Cyclone. No shortage of Falcon-based Comets on the island… but how about the Maverick-based Comet? Mavericks themselves, sure- a '70 and two 74s- but now we're going to look at our first Malaise Comet.

1973 Mercury Comet
The Mercury Division couldn't do a whole lot to de-Maverickize the Comet, but they were able to get these distinctive taillights on the car. Sure, they hurt your eyes even after 35 years, but they're definitely of their time. I found this car less than a block from the '65 IHC Travelall.
1973 Mercury Comet
The '73 Comet 2-door listed at $2,432, which was 102 bucks more than the equivalent Maverick (and $55 more than a 2-door base Chevy Nova). The 200-cubic-inch inline six engine was standard, but you could upgrade to the 250 six or even the (138 horsepower) 302. Now if I could only find a Comet GT!

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

1973 Mercury Comet

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