1973 Mercury Comet

The muscle car era of the late-1960s led to stricter safety guidelines for the early 1970s. Automakers worked diligently to make the cars safer and to comply with new regulations. The oil crisis resulted in greater demand for fuel economy, often found with compact cars with smaller engines. For Mercury, its entry-level offering for 1973 was the Comet, priced at nearly $2,400 and available as either a 2- or 4-door sedan. The 2-door proved to be much more popular with 55,707 examples sold compared to 28,984 of the four-door. Power was from a six-cylinder, overhead valve engine displacing 200 cubic-inches and offering 94 (SAE) net horsepower. A three-speed manual transmission was standard and the SelectShift automatic was optional. An optional 250 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine with one-barrel carburetion offered 88 horsepower and the 302 CID V8 had 138 horsepower.

The styling remained mostly unchanged since its 1971 introduction. It did gain energy-absorbing bumpers for 1973 and a new, criss-cross pattern grille. Standard features included rocker panel moldings, wheel lip moldings, carpeting, ashtrays, cloth and vinyl upholstery, blend-air heater, and dual hydraulic brakes with warning light system.

The GT option package added high-back bucket seats, dual racing mirrors, hubcaps with bright trim rings, bright window frame, dual body tape stripe, blacked-out grille, hood scoop, deluxe door trim, headlamp door, lower back panel and hood paint treatment, and black dash panel with bright moldings.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2020

Related Reading : Mercury Comet History

From 1960 through 1967 Mercury, a division of the Ford Motor Company produced the Comet. In 1970 there was no Comet but production resumed a year later and continued until 1977. The Comet was initially built atop a Ford Falcon frame that was stretched and became Mercurys intermediatecompact entry vehicle. With a 114 inch wheelbase, many thought it would be considered an intermediate, but Mercury....
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In the beginning, the Comet was designed as an Edsel model and not officially a Mercury until 1962. The Comet was based on a stretched Ford Falcon from 1960 to 1964. Produced by the Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company between 1960 and 1977, the Comet was classified as a compact or intermediate-sized car. With a longer wheelbase and a better grade interior trim detail, the Comet was....
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1973 Vehicle Profiles

1973 Mercury Comet vehicle information

2-Door Sedan

For 1971, the Comet name was revived on Mercury's version of the Ford Maverick compact. Sharing most of its sheet-metal with the Maverick, it used a different grille, taillights, and hood, as well as different badging. The taillight pods were shared ....[continue reading]

2-Door Sedan
 


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1973 Comet
$2,430-$52,000
1973 Mercury Comet Price Range: $2,390 - $2,430

$2,915 - $3,600
$3,370 - $3,900

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Mercury
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)635,051
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)521,909
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)480,361
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)404,650
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)403,977
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)486,470
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)441,964
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)365,310
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)324,716
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)398,262
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)360,467

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