WAPAKONETA — This 1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone is owned by Bob Thorpe, of Wapakoneta. He has owned it since 2012. There are only 22,000 actual miles on Thorpe’s car, and the car is all original. He brought this sporty vehicle to the Gary Allen Memorial Cruz-In this past July.
The Mercury Cyclone was marketed by Mercury from 1964 to 1971. The 1964 Comet had a more square shape from previous years. Its front grille used styling similar to that of the Lincoln Continental. The model designations were changed on the Comet in 1964 with the performance version being the Cyclone. The Cyclone was an option for the Comet model until 1968, when it became a distinct model on its own. For Mercury, the Cyclone was the “middle child” between the Cougar and Marquis in the brand’s line-up.
The sales brochure for the 1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone states, “Here is a totally new kind of Comet — Bold, Powerful, Solid, Luxurious — Every Bit as hot as it looks!”
The 1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone introduced Mercury into the muscle car domain. It’s sporty looks featured standard items as bucket seats, tachometer, chrome wheel covers and a 289 engine. By August of 1964 approximately 7,454 Cyclones had been built.
A 1966 Mercury Cyclone paced the Indy 500 that year.
Thorpe has owned a total of four Cyclone’s, with this 1964 beauty being the third one. He had another Cyclone sitting at his home.
“I just show it. I will drive it and then put it away for the Winter,” said Thorpe.