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For Sale: 1973 Mercury Comet in Lithia Springs, Georgia

Vehicle Description

People who don't know performance may scoff at this 1973 Mercury Comet, but guys in the know understand that this neat coupe has a better power-to-weight ratio than the Mustang and the production figures are a fraction of the more famous pony car. Fast, rare, and affordable? Maybe it's time to have a closer look at the Comet.

The Comet's lines have aged rather well, with the new-fastback profile accentuating the long hood and short deck theme that created the Mustang. Repainted a few years ago in basic black, it has a clean, purposeful look and you'll likely get more than a few folks asking for more information when you stop for gas. Is it perfect? No, but go find another one that's led an easy life like this one has. It hasn't been modified and it didn't require major surgery to get back into shape, and while there are a few signs of use, the overall look is pretty darned nice. We like the white pinstripe that highlights the gentle curve of the fenders and they didn't shave or delete any of the original trim. There's a very clean, straight grille up front, correct 'Comet' script on the sail panels, and blacked-out bumpers for an updated look. Believe us, this car will definitely get its share of second glances.

The interior is in excellent condition and if we had to guess, we'd say that the seat covers and carpets are new, but everything else may very well be original. It's basic, yes, but that's part of the appeal with cars like this, and a few minor upgrades make a big difference. There's a fat wood-rimmed steering wheel, for example, which adds a sporty look without changing the overall vibe. You also get a pair of round dials that are reminiscent of the Mustang's instrument panel and the markings are still clear and easy to read. Remarkably, the original AM radio remains in the dash, and in 1973, that was standard fare in the Comet, along with a heater and defroster and little else. The back seat is in excellent condition and is roomy enough for real-sized adults and there's a nice, big trunk that looks to be in excellent order.

Pop the hood and you'll see where the real money was spent: a 302 cubic inch V8, better known as the 5.0, and it gives this Comet some real performance credentials. There are plenty of upgrades from its humble 1973 specifications, including a 4-barrel carburetor, so it's potent without being fussy. It's nicely detailed under the hood, too, including the finned valve covers and matching air cleaner, as well as bright Ford Blue paint on the block, giving it a very correct look. You'll also find power steering on the options list, making this Comet easy to handle even with the fat rubber on the ground. It's backed by a C4 3-speed automatic transmission and original 8-inch rear end, so the components are rugged enough to put up with some fun, and the cackling Flowmaster dual exhaust definitely has that Ford 5.0 performance sound. The floors show off years in a warm climate and the late-model Mustang wheels look exactly right on this vintage Comet, especially wearing right-sized 225/50/17 Firestone radials all around.

You won't see one of these at every cruise-in and the low curb weight and strong-running V8 make it a ton of fun to drive. Get into the game with something that'll stand out and doesn't cost a fortune. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1973 Mercury Comet
  • Listing ID:CC-715212
  • Price:$12,995
  • Location:Lithia Springs, Georgia
  • Year:1973
  • Make:Mercury
  • Model:Comet
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:81111
  • Stock Number:2684-ATL
  • VIN:3K31F562868
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