The CC Effect™ is hard at work. After yesterday’s 1961 Meteor brochure shots, what should appear at the top of the Cohort today? A 1964 Meteor, posted by William Oliver. That’s very auspicious, as the Meteor brand line disappeared in 1962 for two years, because the new mid-sized Mercury Meteor effectively replaced it as a lower-price Mercury, which is of course what the Meteor brand had been: a similar-priced alternative to Fords, due to the thin density of Ford and Mercury dealers in Canada.
But the Mercury Meteor was a flop, on both sides of the border, so when it disappeared after 1963, dealers put pressure on Mercury to bring back the real Meteor for 1964. Canadians could now get a Breezeway-style (non opening rear window) Meteor for the price of a big Ford. Everyone was happy, once again, as long as you were happy with a Ford interior too.
Since William wasn’t able to get a shot of the interior, here’s one from the web. And it makes me wonder if it’s not the same car, with different wheel color and hub caps?
There was even a convertible, which makes it easy to see the Ford interior in these, which was of course cheaper to produce.
Here’s a parting shot of the featured ’64. And I’ve got a parting shot for you too, a 1965 Meteor.
Here’s a 1965 Meteor, showing off its Ford wheel covers to go along with the Ford interior.
Here’s a ’66. It’s the same basic formula that would be used until the end of the Meteor in 1981. The 240 six was the base engine, and not uncommon, in thrifty Canada.
One of these days we need to do a comprehensive post on all of these cars, with their wonderful trim-level names: Rideau, Montcalm, Niagara and my favorite, LeMoyne.