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FEATURE: 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente

This 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente was restored in Glacier Blue paint.

Having had a history with muscled Corvettes and Camaros, Dave LeVere hadn’t considered owning a Mercury Comet. However, his performance horizons broadened in 2006 while seeking a classic car to keep at his Florida vacation home.

Dave LeVere with his restored 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente.

Dave LeVere with his Mercury.

“I was looking for a simple convertible to bomb around the beach and soak up the sun. I spied (a Comet) outside of a surf shop, took a chance and ended up buying it,” LeVere said.

The restoration took over a year, but the final result was a 1964 Pagoda Green example with an automatic transmission — the perfect coastal cruiser. That led to this, his second open-air Comet restoration project.

**Want to keep reading the rest of the restoration story? Head over to our full feature on the Daily Herald

Here’s a look at the early stages of the build as Dave started to tear into his Mercury project.

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Historical photos credit: Dave LeVere

**All photos and content by Classic Recollections and may not be used without permission 2012 ©**




One response

  1. David

    I have the exact car and I am a week or so away from finishing it, i was snooping the internet to see one with cragars, could you devulge the rim dimentions and tire size. Thanks David

    06/23/2012 at 11:13 PM

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