One of only 378 Cyclone GT convertibles built in ’67. 65,278 original miles, two owners, lifetime California car. Heavily documented, mostly original, beautifully detailed. Rarely have we seen its equal!
This phenomenally well-preserved 1967 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT convertible has had just two owners from new and spent the first 45 years of its life in sunny California. The original owner was a judge in California who apparently won it from a Mercury dealer in a poker game. The judge kept the car for decades, maintaining it in excellent condition and using that original dealer for service for most of its life. That kind of care has rendered this car one of the finest survivors we’ve ever seen. There are a few areas of touch-up on the body, most notably the trunk lid which isn’t quite the same color, but most of the paint is original, including the wonderfully preserved fiberglass hood. Even the white pinstripes and GT stripes along the rockers are original paint, not decals. As a California car, there’s no sign of rust or rot anywhere on the car (check out that undercarriage!) and the laser-straight bodywork stands up to scrutiny form any angle.
The code 8D red vinyl bucket seat interior is almost entirely original. Seats, door panels, dash pad, and console all date to 1967, and even the carpets are original. The Cyclone GT got a full set of instruments in four round pods ahead of the driver, and they’re fully operational including the factory tach. Look at the bright, crisp markings on the gauge faces, the bright chrome strips on the dash, and the unmarked center console. The seats are still firm and comfortable, all the interior lights work, and even the little indicator lights in the shifter glow brightly. There’s a newer white power convertible top overhead and there’s a brand new red vinyl boot that is still in the original wrapper, so we didn’t want to open it. The fully finished trunk uses a replacement mat set, but that is the original spare tire and factory jack assembly and there’s plenty of evidence of its California life underneath.
The engine is the car’s original S-code 390 cubic inch V8, which was standard in the GT. It makes a stout 335 horsepower and 427 pounds of torque, turning the Cyclone into a rather serious performance car when you stand on the pedal. It was fully rebuilt and detailed last year. You'll note it still carries all its original California emissions equipment, including the AIR pump and EGR crossover, both of which are probably unobtainium today. Detailing is well done and with Ford blue and a few splashes of chrome, it's a very attractive engine bay that you’ll want to show off at events. The big 390 starts right up, and while it's a little grumpy for the first minute or so while it’s on the choke, it smooths out after that and pulls like a freight train. There's torque all over the tach and you never have to rev it very hard, which is why I think the C6 3-speed automatic transmission is a better choice—there’s still a bit of luxury car DNA in this muscular Merc.
Believe it or not, the undercarriage is original—it has been carefully cleaned and clear-coated for protection, but the finishes and condition are mostly factory-issue. Power steering and power front disc brakes make it extremely easy for anyone to handle and the beefy C6 3-speed automatic transmission doesn’t seem to notice all the torque churning through it. The major systems have all been serviced and/or rebuilt so it drives beautifully and there are 3.25 gears out back making it a fantastic highway cruiser. Styled steel wheels with correct F70-14 Firestone whitewalls complete the look.
This Comet comes with an extensive paper trail including the original build sheet, a window sticker, original OwnerCard, factory owner’s manual, body tags, and more. It also comes with decades of registration documents, its original California black plates, and receipts for service dating back more than 40 years, which authenticates the mileage. A standard Marti Report and a framed Deluxe Marti Report are both included.
After spending time in the driver's seats of more than 1000 old cars over the past five years, I can say unequivocally that we've only had a handful that were this good. It's not quite original enough to be called a survivor, but it's not restored, either, which is probably why it feels so right. It has been carefully maintained and restored as needed and obviously cost was no object. If you’re the kind of guy who can see how remarkable this car really is, give us a call today!
It was shocking. I was going through the ClassicCars.com Marketplace website looking for potential Picks of the Day and noticed that a dealer in Holliston, Massachusetts, was asking $155,000 for a 1967 Mercury Comet. Might that price be a typo, I wondered. Wouldn’t $15,500 be a more likely price for a mid-’60s Comet? I clicked […]
The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage original packing its correct 289 V8
Pick of the Day is a special edition S-22 model
Pick of the Day also has factory-optional two-tone paint and vinyl roof
You gotta love sleepers. This 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente hardtop might not technically be called a sleeper since it is a high-performance version of the midsize Mercury of the era.
‘The wife says… Must sell,” according to the private party offering this 1963 Mercury Comet convertible for sale.
Even as many businesses and sports events are being allowed to re-open across the country, automotive events that draw large crowds continue to be cancelled. The latest include the annual AACA Eastern Fall Meet at Hershey, Pennsylvania, and the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance. “Please note: As of 5/28/2020, the Eastern Fall Meet has been […]
The simple pleasures of a vintage MGB race car are experienced on a twisting road course by British motor journalist and racer Dickie Meaden, who is won over by the nuanced handling of the classic sports car, even letting out a whoop as he rips around a corner on three wheels. While claiming to never […]
BMW’s 320i had a great run in the 1970s and ’80s. The Pick of the Day is one of the last of the breed, a 1983 BMW 320i, advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by only its third owner. “I am the third owner of this vehicle,” the seller reports. “I bought it in March 2017 […]