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Monday, 03 November 2014 21:21

1964 MERCURY Comet Cyclone- Alameda, CA

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In mid year 1963 Mercury plunged into performance with a vengeance. The full size Mercury Marauder was a cool fastback stormer. The 1963 1/2 model year Comet had a corresponding performance version named S-22. 1964 saw the return of the Marauder and the creation of a new intermediate sized muscle machine called The Cyclone.

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The 1964 Cyclone continued the 1963 1/2 model year Comet S-22 concept but took it to the next level. The Comet in many ways followed the same path the Pontiac Tempest had traveled since its introduction. Both cars debuted as compacts and grew into intermediates. Along with size came engines. In the case of the Tempest the optional GTO package packing 389 cubic inches blew the lid off all the restraint exercised by other domestic manufacturers. Suddenly the musclecar era was born and everyone else was left lacking.

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The Mercury entry for 1964 provided some good performance and some image but with 100 less cubic inches than the GTO it didn't measure up off the factory floor. Of course everyone was throwing carburetor, cams and headers at their cars within hours of purchase in some cases. The owner of this Comet seems to have preserved it in a time warp as a Day Two mean ass big fat back tire strippo scorched paint screamer.

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The California sun has scorched the paint and decimated the dash pad and console on this Cyclone but the original factory sport steering wheel and round gauges are still with the car. Note the 4 speed shifter.

 

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