Cohort Outtake: 1966 Mercury Caliente Convertible – Not So Hot

When was the last time you saw one of these on the streets? The effect of not seeing one for so long is that I can look at it in a rather fresh way, and that’s not turning out to be so hot for me. The front end is very weak; just plain odd. It almost looks like it escaped from Virgil Exner’s studio in 1959. The Fairlane’s front end was just so much better; it’s all-too obvious that the designers were told to make the Mercury version look different somehow, but without changing too much of the sheet metal. Did it improve for 1967?

Umm; maybe just a wee bit. But it’s one of those front ends that the longer you look at it, the less better it gets. Sorry, Caliente lovers.