Curbside Classic Hat Trick: Houston, We Have A Brougham

We’ve enjoyed various “theme days” lately here at CC, but in reality, many of them are completely unplanned—a post will go up, and one or more of us will have had a car in the queue that complements it in a way that’s too good to pass up. Had we not spent most of yesterday working with the Jaws of Life on the site, I would have had the perfect ripostes to Paul’s Falcon Futura as well as JPC’s Mercury Comet, plus a little something for Tom, too. What’s cool about the three cars following is that they were shot within a half-hour of each other while I was out looking for a completely different CC I had spotted recently, and as you’ll see, there’s a “three degrees of separation” link between them, too.

Let’s start with our first score, a 1962 Mercury Meteor that “runs great!” The previous year’s Meteor was the full-size sister of the Mercury Monterey, riding on the same 120″ wheelbase and essentially differentiated by trim. For 1962, the Meteor nameplate was repositioned in-between Monterey and Comet as a mid-size offering on a 116-1/2″ wheelbase, one whole whopping inch longer than the Ford Fairlane.

Base power came from a 170 c.i.d. straight six making 101 hp. A 221 c.i.d. V8 making 145 hp or a 260 c.i.d. V8 making 164 hp were optional.

While this front end looks like it might fit better on an electric razor, I kind of like its straightforward face.

But what really gets me going are the other chromey bits all designed to cash in on Space Race Mania.

Good luck finding replacements for practically any of these trim bits—despite there being over 69,000 Meteors (all trim levels and body styles) sold in 1962, these are getting somewhat hard to find in decent shape. Our subject car is definitely a “20-20” car (looks good at 20 feet or 20 mph), too.

The interior is actually pretty nicely appointed, and reminds me a little bit of my high school best friend’s ’65 Mustang dash.

Laurence Jones has a more detailed writeup of the Meteor if you find yourself craving more…

So having satisfied myself with a CC “in the can,” I headed back toward home, and spotted another Mercury—a Comet, this time!

This 1971 model has the graceful, thin front bumper which would be replaced by beefed up “battering rams” in 1973 to meet new federal crash standards.

While the vinyl roof would seem to offer the promise of broughamy goodness inside, it actually looks pretty sparse in there. It’s certainly well-preserved, though – only 23,402 miles!

All in all, it’s a pretty handsome car in that cream white and burgundy red roof. But wait—what’s that reflected in the side of the Comet?

Incredible! It’s a matched pair!

The Concord was introduced in 1977 (as a ’78 model), right about the time the Comet was ending its production run. Like the Comet above, this specimen is also an inaugural year car.

Ahhh! Now we’re feeling the broughmance! That’s quite a nicer interior than on the Comet. And only 47,012 miles on this beauty!

And again, that cream white trimmed in burgundy is really sharp.

I’d love to know the story behind these two cars in particular, but all-in-all, it was a great day for CCs!