1965 Ford Mercury Comet Caliente

MAKEFord Mercury
MODELComet Caliente

1965 Ford Mercury Comet Caliente

  • A proper American muscle car
  • The 3rd Generation Comet, the Caliente was the range topping model
  • Purchased direct from the Paris Motor Show in 1965
  • Super smooth straight six mated to a Powerglide automatic gearbox
  • A great history backed up by very low mileage
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  • A proper American muscle car
  • The 3rd Generation Comet, the Caliente was the range topping model
  • Purchased direct from the Paris Motor Show in 1965
  • Super smooth straight six mated to a Powerglide automatic gearbox
  • A great history backed up by very low mileage

The Comet range ran from 1960 right through until 1971. The 1st generation cars which ran through until 1963 were considered to be something of a design throwback to the Fifties era of designing vehicles. The Comet designers picked their game up with the 2nd generation cars, and by 1967 when the 3rd gen Comets arrived, the American muscle car era was at full throttle and the Comet fitted right in. 

The Caliente badged cars were the top of the range models aimed at Sixties buyers who wanted a higher level of spec, including chrome, auto gearboxes and plush interiors. In an unprecedented move Comet wanted to prove the durability of its new Caliente too. It entered four Calientes into month long endurance test at the Daytona Speedway. Over a gruelling 960 hours of flat-out performance the four cars covered over 100,000 miles. The only failure being a broken valve spring on one car. They definitely do not build cars like they used to. 

Presenting wonderfully in metallic grey pearl paintwork this Caliente has a great history and is well known in various circles. 

The vendor tells us this Caliente was purchased new from the Paris Motor Show by a Mr Pugh when he retired in 1965. The Caliente was subsequently imported in to the UK and registered, of all places, to Pembrokeshire County Council. Don’t ask, because frankly, we’ve no idea why! Maybe he was Mayor of Pembrokeshire, who knows? But the original green log book with the car does confirms it was registered to the Council. 

Mr Pugh had the Caliente fastidiously maintained throughout his ownership by Mr Griffiths who lived in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, who also acted as chauffeur to Mr Pugh with the Caliente. We are told the Caliente made a guest appearance every year at the Tenby Show too. Mr Pugh subsequently donated the Caliente to Mr Griffiths. What a story. 


The car does look a picture. Long, low slung with a fab ‘dynamic’ style swage-line running the length of the car which from any angle looks wonderful. All the chrome remains in good condition, including those enormous but beautiful bumpers. Door, boot, bonnet shut lines are all good too. The badges are all in situ and looks clean, lovely and perfectly period which is quite rare. The stacked quad headlamps are in good order and with the finishing touch of period chrome wheel trims and chrome wiper arms the car looks terrific. 

There is some sign of age-related deterioration around some areas of the windscreen trims, but it looks small and contained. As can be seen from the very honest pictures the vendor has supplied, the same could be said of the door housings behind the weatherstrips. Again, we don’t see that as significant on 54 year old car. 


This is where it all starts to happen and could become very costly if it needs any attention. Amazingly this car presents like new inside. That giant front bench seat which appears to be able to sit five, if the highway laws would allow, is to die for. In the vendor’s authentic images we can see the driver’s side elbow pad has a stretch mark, but that would be us being picky. The door pads complete with chrome handles are all flawless. In the back doors even the chrome ashtrays are present! The back parcel shelf is intact, but it’s behind the wheel where the magic happens. That deep set wooden rimmed (possibly Bakelite?) steering wheel is set off splendidly with chrome horn push. The clocks, switches, that classic 60’s wood trimmed dash, along with the lush chrome are all as they should be. The highpoint though is that fitted period radio. 

Engine and Transmission 

The vendor uses the vehicle daily and tells us it starts first time all the time, runs and drives gorgeously turning heads wherever it goes. The engine bay could do with a gentle jet wash and tidy up, but the condition is consistent with being used in the good old British weather. If the new owner were minded a couple of afternoons would bring the under bonnet bits and bobs up to local show winning condition in no time. We’d leave as it to be honest and enjoy driving it. 

Wheels, tyres, suspension 

The whitewalls are in great condition topped off with what look to be very original chrome wheel trims. We’re no expert on wheel trims but they do look very nice indeed. The vendor tells us there are no known faults with any of the running gear. 

Additional Information 

As with all the vehicles on our platform we carry out finance and insurance checks. The wonderful Caliente comes up with both an incorrect stolen and an incorrect written off marker. It’s a regular occurrence in older vehicles that chassis numbers were used across multiple vehicles and checking this with both the Police and HPI, both markers are for other vehicles.  

In addition, the manufacture date of 1967 is incorrect however DVLA have advised that there was a keying error when data transferred into their systems which also shows an incorrect registration date of 1965, they have advised that the new owner can contact them directly to get this corrected. 

To clarify, the manufacture year is 1965 – registered in the UK 1967. 


This is pretty rare car. Scarcity adds value. This Comet in Caliente form in this marvellous original condition with this history is pretty much unheard of. Because of all that it is hard to put a value on this. American muscle cars never go out of fashion but right now they are having something of a purple patch. Our vendor is a very practical, realistic enthusiast and with that as a backdrop he has set what we think is an extremely reasonable reserve. We see sensible guide price on this car of between £10,000-£15,000. The car looks to be without fault. You make your own mind up. We note with some interest one of our good friends at another well-known auction house is guiding another Caliente at £20,000 


Vehicle Location: Cornwall – it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
r******3 £1,750.00 2021-12-20 21:22:11
a**************8 £1,500.00 2021-12-27 12:24:19
r******3 £1,250.00 2021-12-20 21:21:54
b******r £1,000.00 2021-12-19 21:01:32
d***********3 £750.00 2021-12-15 22:58:12
b******r £500.00 2021-12-19 20:56:39
Start auction £250.00 12/12/2021 1:00 PM


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