The Mercury Comet was a compact or intermediate-sized car produced by Ford between 1960 and 1970 and based on the company's contemporary compacts. First-generation Comets were based on the combat Ford Falcon, second-generation cars on the larger Ford Fairlane and third-generation vehicles on the Ford Maverick. Comets generally received better interior appointments and were slightly larger than their equivalent Ford-branded versions.
First-generation Mercury Comets were available as two-door coupes, four-door sedans or as station wagons with two or four doors. The base engine for the 1960 Comet was a 2.4-liter, inline-6 design, with a larger 2.8-liter, inline-6 replacing it in subsequent years. A 4.3-liter V-8 engine was an option on 1963 coupe models. The model was refreshed in 1964, as well as a rare version known as the Comet Cyclone fitted with Ford's 427 cubic-inch twin-carburetor racing engine.
The second-generation Mercury Comet appeared in 1966 and was based on the Fairlane. The standard engine for the Comet was now a 390 cubic-inch V-8, though the carburetor configuration and power output of the engine varied depending on the trim level of the car. The station wagon version of the Comet featured a dual-action tailgate that could swing out sideways or upwards, the first such design in wide use.
The third-generation Comet released in 1971 returned to the compact size of the first-generation car and was based on the Ford Maverick compact car. The Maverick-based Comet was no longer offered as a station wagon. An inline-6 engine also returned as the base engine choice, with a V-8 option available, but these engines were much less powerful than the engines available for previous Comet generations.