Flashback Fridays – 1967 Mercury Comet 202 Sedan
The 1967 Comet 202 was the last of the Fairlane-style Comets. Ironically, it was originally intended to wear the Edsel badge, but the demise of the brand resulted in a decision to sell the Comet as a separate model through Mercury dealers. The interior was appropriately appointed like a Mercury with more upscale materials used than in the Fords of its day.
The base Comet in 1967 was powered by a 200 cu-in engine that was capable of 120 horsepower. For the 1967 model year, Ford produced 10,281 four-door versions and 14,251 two-door Comets with a variety of engine configurations, including the 427 big-block.
Comet 202s with 427 Engine
Although Ford offered its biggest muscle car engine as an option in the vehicle, there were very few takers. Ford built just a few of the Comet 202s with its biggest, baddest racing engine. The so-called R-code Comet featured a massive big-block engine rated at an impressive 335 horsepower. It featured twin Holley carburetors, forged rods and pistons, and long-tube headers. This powerful engine was only mated to a four-speed manual because Ford did not offer the three-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission as an option.
Prodigious Straight-line Power
This was a car deceptively set up for straight-line power, plain and simple. The racing-style powertrain could propel an R-code Comet 202 from a standing start to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. The pedestrian appearance of the Comet lulled many a potential racing opponent into a false sense of security, unless they saw the rather modest “427” badge rather innocuously displayed on the front fender. The exterior was notably lacking in ornamental chrome, or any kind of chrome for that matter. The stealthy look was accentuated by the basic-looking rubber and mundane hubcaps.
1967 Mercury Comet 202 Sedan – Rare and Valuable Today
The R-code 1967 Comet is exceedingly rare. Just 22 of the two-door versions were built, and only six of those are believed to remain today. Today, the Comet 202 427 is one rare muscle car. An heir to the Reynolds Tobacco fortune purchased one at auction for more than $200,000. It was an unrestored version with less than 2,000 miles on the odometer. The Reynolds vehicle is believed to have been the only R-code Comet built with an AM/FM radio. Interestingly, there’s no exterior antenna to be found. Instead, the antenna was deftly hidden away under the hood.