Mercury Muscle

Offered at Mecum

Larry Jewett - January 17, 2014 09:00 AM


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The early success of Ford’s 427 engines on the nation’s dragstrips roared through the mid-’60s as the faster Super Stock racers began their transformation into radical factory experimental machines. Ford in 1967 delivered a new wave of cars using the 427 Medium Riser V-8. Mercury Division maintained its fearsome reputation with its own R-Code Comets, which certainly fit Mercury’s “The Man’s Car” advertising theme, employing the same 427/425 HP big block fitted with a high rise aluminum intake mounting dual Holley four-barrels.
Of the 60 R-code Comets built in 1967, only 22 used the two-door 202 sedan body. Original and unrestored, this humble-looking Black Comet 202 is one of just six R-code examples known still out there today.
According to Ford expert and restorer Bob Perkins, it was sold new to playboy sportsman Zack Reynolds, heir to the Reynolds Tobacco fortune and a dedicated Ford enthusiast. Everything on the car is as it came from the Lorain, Ohio, plant, including its Black Super Diamond Lustre Enamel. Rolling on Firestone Wide Oval Super Sport tires on painted steelies with hubcaps, it is factory optioned with a 4-speed, power front disc brakes, deluxe seat belts and Whitewall tires, and is the only R-code built with an AM/FM radio. This last feature is a point of particular interest, because the car has no external antenna; instead of mounting the factory unit, Reynolds installed one under the hood to keep it out of sight. Meticulously preserved by a well-documented series of dedicated collectors, this R-code Comet shows just 2,000 miles on the odometer and is considered by most experts to be the most original example in existence.
It is destined for sale as Lot F279 on Friday, January 24.

Mecum TV Schedule

Fri., Jan. 17   1 p.m.   Esquire Network
Sat., Jan. 18  11 a.m.  Esquire Network
Sun., Jan. 19  11 a.m.  Esquire Network
Tues., Jan. 21  1 p.m.  Esquire Network
Wed., Jan. 22  2 p.m.  Esquire Network
Thurs., Jan. 23  2 p.m.  Esquire Network
Fri., Jan. 24  1 p.m.  NBCSN
Fri., Jan. 24  6:30 p.m. Esquire Network
Sat., Jan. 25  10 a.m.  NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 25  12 p.m. Esquire Network
Sun., Jan. 26  10 a.m.  NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 26  3:30 p.m. NBC