May 27, 2022
The two-door hardtop wasn’t new to the lineup, but its model name was, for the 1964 Mercury Comet was the first to wear the Caliente badge, which we all know is Spanish for “hot.” Previous pillarless Comets were part of the Comet Custom and Comet S-22 lineups. For MY 1964, Comet model names were changed to 202, 404, and Caliente, except for the wagons which were Villager or Custom. Having said all that, there’s one more possibility here: a lack of the Caliente’s chrome side trim on this car could also mean it’s one of just 7,454 Comet Cyclones (also new for 1964) which were produced that year, all of which came equipped with a 4-bbl 289cid V8 and other goodies, possibly accounting for this car’s five-figure asking price which we saw on a sign in the window when we came across it out in front of a house in Clarence a few weeks ago.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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