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Mercury Comet Cyclone (1965)


Mercury Comet Cyclone (1965)

The Comet was seen by most to be granny's grocer-getter, but that changed when the Cyclone GT option came in 1965. The car was essentially an upmarket Ford Falcon, being stretched in the wheelbase but retaining the wishbone front end and leaf spring rear. What made it better was the revised spring and shock rates to improve handling. The engine was Ford's 289ci (4.7-liter) Falcon/Mustang V8, but in the Cyclone fitted with a higher-lift camshaft, 10.5:1 compression pistons, and a four-barrel carb. Through the Top Loader manual the car did 15-second quarters. Externally the styling took cues from Pontiac's best-selling GTO, with square ends, stacked headlights and slim roof pillars. At a cost of $346 more than the Falcon, it was only natural that the Cyclone had a plusher interior, so featured tinted glass, bucket seats, power windows and even seat belts!

Mercury Comet Cyclone (1965) Specifications

Top speed:124 mph (198 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):7.4 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:289 ci (4,735 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:271 bhp (202 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:312 lb ft (423 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight:2,994 lb (1,360 kg)
Economy:15 mpg (5.31 km/I)
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