April 23, 2022
Rambler and Studebaker compacts had been around since the late 1950s, but for model year 1960 the Big Three entered the foray with the Chevy Corvair, Ford Falcon, and Chrysler Corporation’s Valiant. Ford’s Lincoln-Mercury Division might have arguably introduced what could be called the first senior compact partway through the model year with the debut of the 1960 Comet (which wouldn’t officially be badged as a Mercury until model year 1962). The Comet was built on a stretched Falcon platform (“Fun and function in a fashionable new size” they told us), and was initially offered in two- and four-door sedans, as well as two- and four-door station wagons which were built on the shorter Falcon platform. We saw
this one in Lockport back in 2014 sporting a couple of For Sale signs.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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