This Rambler v. Comet Filmstrip Is Just What You Need To See

Are you not looking forward to your day at work because of all the tedious Comet v. Rambler debates you know you're going to have? Wouldn't you like to just settle it, once and for all? Well, if you're on the Comet side, you're in luck. If not, you better switch, or this'll never end. » 3/09/15 8:05pm 3/09/15 8:05pm

These Are the First Images Sent Back to Earth By Rosetta and Philae

This morning marks one of the most exciting moments in space exploration in years: Rosetta's lander, Philae, will touch down on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It's still making its way down to the comet, but the little lander that could is already snapping photos and sending them home. » 11/12/14 10:22am 11/12/14 10:22am

Vintage Mercury Ad Shows How Compact Cars Are Actually Built

Some features and design elements of older compact cars have always made us wonder exactly how automotive designers allowed certain features to be removed. Thanks to this vintage Mercury Comet commercial from 1972, we now know how the whole process works. » 6/17/12 4:00pm 6/17/12 4:00pm

1973 Ford Maverick Sedan

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. We've seen two-door Mavericks here, and now here's our first sedan.
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1973 Mercury Comet

Welcome to Down On The Street » 10/29/08 10:00am 10/29/08 10:00am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. We saw a last week, and before that the and the . No shortage of Falcon-based Comets on the island… but how about the -based Comet? Mavericks themselves, sure- a and - but…

1965 Mercury Comet Caliente

Welcome to Down On The Street » 10/21/08 8:30am 10/21/08 8:30am, 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 Today we're going to head over to the former Naval Air Station Alameda, where the , , and have been replaced by companies that make movies and absinthe. While the ex-base (now…

Day Of The Cat: 1973 Lincolns And Mercuries Greet The Dawn Of Malaise!

The cage door creeeeeaks open, (perhaps suggesting the rust that will soon assail most Malaise Lincolns and Mercuries), and the angry mountain lion struts out into a field full of parked cars. The Continental... the Marquis... Montego... Comet... Cougar... they're all here, and they're all packing more bloat and less… » 5/05/08 11:00am 5/05/08 11:00am

1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone, With Bonus Mercury Poll

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… » 4/30/08 9:00am 4/30/08 9:00am

Drive Phoenix To LA Very Slowly In a 1974 Mercury, Get Crap Mileage!

How is it possible that a car weighing just over 2,200 pounds and equipped with a 2-liter engine can drive from Phoenix to Los Angeles at the maddeningly geriatric speed of 50 miles per hour and manage only a pathetic 32.4 miles per gallon? Yes, that's the best the '74 Capri could do! We're thinking it was the weight… » 4/16/08 9:20am 4/16/08 9:20am

1965 Mercury Comet 202

Hey, if you shoot enough photos of old cars on the streets of Alameda, sooner or later you'll get a shot that looks something like a Robert Bechtle painting! The photo above made me almost happy enough to forget my frustration that there's a super-original, 4-speed-equipped '68 AMX parked a couple doors down from this… » 4/01/08 9:30am 4/01/08 9:30am


Charles Bukowski drove a Mercury Comet, so the Mercury-branded Falcon gets additional coolness points right there. The problem with the Comet, though, was that it wasn't so good off-road... until now! Now this gentleman in the California high desert city of Victorville has solved that problem for us, by transplanting… » 1/15/08 2:30pm 1/15/08 2:30pm

The '70 Mercury Comet Can Outrun A Raging Bull!

Say you've driven your new Comet sedan into a cattle pasture for a picnic, only to find that you're about to be gored by an enraged bovine. Not to worry! The little Maverick clone fits an amazing four passengers and goes faster than most animals. Warning: The stunningly bad song at the end of this ad will attach… » 11/01/07 2:00pm 11/01/07 2:00pm

Down On The Street: '66 Mercury Comet Cyclone

Even though I grew up worshiping 60s Detroit muscle cars, I'm left a little cold by the tedious sameness of the ones I spot on the street today. If it's not a '66 Mustang or '69 Camaro, it's gonna be a '68-'72 GM A-Body or maybe a Mopar E-Body. Most of the Javelins, Dart GTs, and the like have been crushed by now,… » 4/06/07 10:05am 4/06/07 10:05am

Forgotten Mercury of the Day: 1974 Comet GT

For today's Forgotten Mercury, let's look at one that maybe shouldn't have been forgotten: the Comet GT. Like so many Mercuries, the Comet was a hasty badge-engineering exercise performed on various Fords; first the Falcon, then the Torino, and finally the Maverick. The first-generation Comet gets some coolness… » 3/22/07 10:32am 3/22/07 10:32am

Eh, Forget Hale-Bopp: Comet Villager Wagon!

Let us put it this way. We are not nostalgic for the Sixties. The only three reasons that decade was rad were free love, some seriously kickass music, and a whole lotta strife that jumpstarted the way we live today for better or for worse. Oh, and there were rad cars. Not necessarily incredibly across-the-board great… » 11/06/06 5:30pm 11/06/06 5:30pm