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1965 Mercury Comet A/FX Coupe Vehicle Profile

1965 Mercury Comet A/FX photograph

1965 Mercury Comet A/FX photograph

1965 Mercury Comet A/FX1965 Mercury Comet A/FX
Though the debate over the first true 'funny car' has many opinions, this mid-Sixties drag racing car is certainly on the shortlist of prime ancestors. The Comet made its showroom debut in 1960 and quickly became a car in need of image enhancement. It was six-cylinder only, and there wasn't a V8 engine on its powertrain option list until the 1963 model year, a serious shortcoming in the age of big-inch muscle.

Enter Fran Hernandez and Jack Chrisman. Hernandez was in charge of factory-supported motorsports at Ford. Chrisman was a drag racer looking for the right ride. When Hernandez offered Chrisman a Comet as the foundation for a race car, it was clear to both that it would need something more potent than a 289 cubic-inch V8, the biggest engine option for the car at the time.

But there were much bigger engines in the mid-Sixties Ford Motor Co. inventory, notably the famous 427 cubic-inch 'Cammer,' a favorite with Ford racers from a variety of venues. With fuel injection, supercharging, and a fuel mix with 70 percent nitromethane, Chrisman was able to boot the little comet down the strip in the 10.5-second bracket, at more than 150 mph.

The objective was to beat the contemporary Dodge Chargers, which Chrisman achieved. Whether it was really the first funny car may never be clear, but Hernandez is widely credited with inventing the term.



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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1965 sales)
1965 Mercury Comet B/FX Cyclone Cyanide Cyclone Drag Car, 1 of 15 Built
Sold for USD$75,000
  2013 Mecum - Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic
 
1965 Mercury Comet 427 SOHC A/FX Super Cyclone Driven by Dyno Don Nicholson
Sold for USD$410,000
  2013 Mecum - Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic
 
1965 Mercury Comet 427 SOHC A/FX Super Cyclone
Sold for USD$410,000
  2013 Mecum : Indianapolis
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1965 Mercury Comet A/FX's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1965 Mercury Comet A/FX Lightweight 2019 Mecum : Dallas$260,000$350,000$400,000
1965 Mercury Comet A/FX Replica5H11C5261242014 Mecum : Anaheim$65,000  
1965 Mercury Comet A/FX Replica 2013 Mecum : Indianapolis$52,000  
1965 Mercury A/FX Comet Replica 2013 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$50,000  
1965 Mercury A/FX Super Cyclone Dyno Don Nicholson 2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction 24th Year$425,000  
1965 Mercury Comet Factory AFX 2010 Mecum Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction$310,000  
1965 Mercury Nicholson A/FX Comet Dyno Don Nicholson A/FX 2007 Mecum High Performance Auction at St. Charles, Il$860,000  

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Mercury Comet A/FX Vehicle Profiles
2-Door Sedan
Mercury Comet A/FX 2-Door Sedan

Model Year: 1961
Sedan
Mercury Comet A/FX Sedan

Model Year: 1961
Profile
Caliente Convertible
Mercury Comet A/FX Caliente Convertible

Model Year: 1964

Caliente HardTop Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Caliente HardTop Coupe

Model Year: 1964
Profile
Caliente HardTop Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Caliente HardTop Coupe

Chassis Num: 4H23F567165
Model Year: 1964
Profile and Auction History
Caliente HardTop Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Caliente HardTop Coupe

Chassis Num: 4J23F504887
Model Year: 1964

Caliente Convertible
Mercury Comet A/FX Caliente Convertible

Model Year: 1965
Profile
Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Coupe

Model Year: 1965
Profile
Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Coupe

Model Year: 1965
Profile

Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Coupe

Model Year: 1965
Profile
Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Coupe

Model Year: 1965
Profile
Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Coupe

Model Year: 1965

Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Coupe

Model Year: 1965
Profile
GT Convertible
Mercury Comet A/FX GT Convertible

Model Year: 1966
GT Convertible
Mercury Comet A/FX GT Convertible

Model Year: 1966

Caliente HardTop Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Caliente HardTop Coupe

Model Year: 1967
Flip Top Coupe
Mercury Comet A/FX Flip Top Coupe

Model Year: 1967
Profile
202 Series Sedan
Mercury Comet A/FX 202 Series Sedan

Chassis Num: 7H01R544086
Model Year: 1967
Profile and Auction History


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