Last updated Nov 20, 2009
1967 MERCURY COMET
Owners: Pete and Sandy Robinson
Our car is a 1967 Mercury Comet 202 2-door sedan, originally factory equipped with the R-Code 427 dual 4-barrel 425 horsepower engine, connected to a big-spline heavy-duty close ratio top-loader 4-speed transmission, with a 3.89 ratio nodular case 31 spline 9 inch axle. Exterior color is polar white with a blue cloth and vinyl bench seat interior.
The car was originally purchased from Strickland Motors in Indianapolis, Indiana in March of 1967. The original owner,
who we were able to locate, confirmed that he street raced it occasionally, but fortunately did not cut or modify the car.
After a little over 19,000 miles he parked the car for several years. In 1992 Roger Holdaway in Orange, California,
purchased the car. He performed a ground-up rotisserie restoration on this original numbers matching car. All mechanicals
were gone through, with the engine rebuild being performed by Louis Unser of the Unser brothers racing family, and the
transmission and rear axle rebuild by Art Chrisman. We purchased the car from Mr. Holdaway in August of 1999.
1967 was the only year in which Mercury installed the 427 in the Comet. Factory documentation confirms that only
60 cars were built with this option. Body styles included the 202 sedan, Capri, Caliente and Cyclone. Records indicate
that only twenty-two 202 sedans were equipped with the 427 engine. To date, only 8 of these sedans have been found
to still exist.
At The Carlisle All-Ford Nationals in June of 2002, in addition to winning our class in the outdoor show field, our car
was chosen by special guest celebrity “Dyno Don” Nicholson as his celebrity pick. Again in 2005, it won first place in it’s
class on the show field.
At the inaugural York US 30 Musclecar Madness event in July of 2002, our car was also selected as one of the special
invitational indoor display vehicles and was voted as one of the top three factory musclecars out of an elite group of
120 pristine examples. It was again selected as an indoor display vehicle in 2003, 2004, 2005, and again in 2006, where
it won the People’s Choice Award.
The car was also selected as one of an elite group of 75 classic American musclecars that appeared at the Forge Musclecar
Show held in October 2005 at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville Tennessee.
In 2006, the Comet was one of the cars chosen to appear at the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA in a special Musclecar
display from May 20th thru Oct. 8th .
Over the past few years, the car has also won several "Best of Show " awards at area all Ford events including: Bob Bell
Ford in Glen Burnie, Md., Maryland International Raceway in Potomac, Md., Hoffman Ford Land in Harrisburg, PA,
Waldorf Ford in Waldorf, Md., the Fairlane Club of America meet in Hummelstown, PA., the Comet Club East meet
at Carlisle, PA., and Shenandoah Ford in Front Royal, VA.
The car has been featured in several prominent publications, including: Car Craft magazine, Collectible Automobile
magazine, Super Ford magazine, and Musclecar Enthusiast Magazine, as well as three hardback books entitled
Musclecar: American Thunder, Cars of the Sizzling ‘60's and Kings of the Street: American Muscle Cars. The car
was most recently photographed during the 2005 Carlisle All-Ford Nationals for inclusion as a feature vehicle in
Mustang & Fords Magazine, April 2006 Issue.Dec 2009 issue of Hemmings Muscle Machine.
The 1967 Mercury Comet 427
Wheelbase, inches: 116.0
Weight, lbs: 3,400
Number built 22
Base price: $3,200
Type: ohv V-8
Displacement, cid: 427
Fuel system: 2 x 4bbl.
Compression ratio: 11.1:1
Horsepower @ rpm: 425 @ 6000
Torque @ rpm: 480 @ 3700
427/425 dual carb. 4-speed top loader, Factory Tachometer and a heater.
NONE all factory original car. Body was restored in California in 1992
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