Junkyard Find: 1975 Mercury Comet Sedan

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

A Maverick in a junkyard is a rare sight indeed these days, so you can imagine my surprise when I found this badge-engineered Mercury Maverick just a few rows down from yesterday’s ’75 Ford Maverick Junkyard Find. There wasn’t much difference between the Maverick and the Comet, though the Comet was marketed as being somewhat classier.

You aren’t going to see a sticky vinyl interior in this weird green color these days.

Check out these futuristic taillights!

The 1975 Ford Maverick four-door listed at $3,025 with 200-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine. The 1975 Mercury Comet four-door listed at $3,236, with the same engine. It’s hard to imagine the tiny margin of bragging rights the Comet might bestow over the Maverick, but some felt the extra $211 was worth it.

The 1992 Sci-Fi Channel button on the inside of the C pillar is a nice bit of personalization.

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Carl Kolchak Carl Kolchak on Mar 30, 2012

    1st new car I remember my parents buying was a 74 Comet. They paid extra for the Ginger Glamour Metallic paint.Car always looked great on the exterior, but as the car aged, the brown paint was fitting for the car. Slow, lousy mileage, crummy interior and squeaked as it went down the road.

  • Bill mcgee Bill mcgee on Mar 31, 2012

    In my memory although the late seventies was certainly a time for odd colorful interiors it seems that Ford stuck with this particularly odd shade of green longer than anyone else .Daddy had a 1969 Pontiac Custom S with a similiar color interior but as I recall by the mid seventies GM offerred only a much softer color green I remember seeing in somebody's Malibu . A coworker had a '76 Montego sedan with the same color vinyl interior as did a college friend's 1976 MustangII Ghia . Both were pale yellow with that odd olive color vinyl top, a color combo I also remember seeing only on Ford products of this era . Sure miss all those ill conceived but interesting interior/ exterior color schemes .

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