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 Today we're going to head over to the former Naval Air Station Alameda, where the , , and have been replaced by companies that make movies and absinthe.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

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, with … » 4/06/07 10:05am 4/06/07 10:05am