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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

This car was extinct, You couldn't be seen it today

Almost all show cars made in the 1950s and 1960s always feature attractive shapes that give a deep impression to those who have witnessed or known the existence of these vehicles in the past. Why is that? Because most of them appear in futuristic designs coupled with advanced features. But unfortunately, now some of these vehicles may have been destroyed after their service life is over or become the private collections of an exclusive circle of automotive enthusiasts.😢😢
1964 Mercury Comet Super Cyclone concept made the first public appearance at the Chicago Auto Show 1964. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34qcaev)
It doesn't appear there was ever any production intent for the Comet Super Cyclone, Mercury's far-out fastback show car of 1964, but it’s still fun to wonder what if. Designed by Ford advanced stylist David L. Ash and his staff, the Super Cyclone was constructed by Dearborn Steel Tubing, a local Ford contractor that was also responsible for the Fairlane Thunderbolts, the Thunderbird Italien concept, and other exotic skunkworks-type projects.
1964 Mercury Comet Super Cyclone equipped with a 289 CID V8 and a Borg-Warner four-speed gearbox. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34qcaev)
To create the Super Cyclone, famed designer-fabricator Vince Gardner and his associate Paul Shedlik, then in the employ of DST, started with a stock '64 Comet Cyclone hardtop equipped with a 289 CID V8 and a Borg-Warner four-speed. After removing much of the factory sheet metal aft of the A-pillars, they modeled and constructed a new outer skin in fiberglass. The revised look sported radiused rear wheel openings to match the front and a radically sloped roofline to support a large, wraparound rear glass.

As we can see, the car's backlight bears a powerful resemblance to the one on the original 1964 Plymouth Barracuda, just then going into production. Though we have no reason to presume it's anything more than coincidence, the similarity is striking.
1964 Mercury Comet Super Cyclone assume is destroyed once its show career was over. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34qcaev)
Other custom features included a complete interior in white Naugahyde, Astro custom wheels with bolt-on knockoffs, and teardrop racing mirrors. The revised front end treatment featured a custom grille with fine vertical teeth and French Cibie headlights. The rectangular lamps were popular on the custom car scene in the '60s but technically, they weren’t legal for street use in the U.S.

The Super Cyclone made its first public appearance at the Chicago Auto Show (above) on February 8-15, 1964. (We can't help wondering what the Plymouth people thought when they saw it.) The fastback was also a regular feature of the Lincoln-Mercury Caravan of Stars, a traveling exhibition on the hot rod show circuit, and in the April 1964 issue of Rod & Custom magazine (below) it shared the cover with Ed Roth’s latest show rod, The Road Agent.

We don't know this, but since the Super Cyclone hasn't been sighted in decades, we assume it is destroyed once its show career was over (the usual fate of show cars and concepts at the time.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MACSMOTORCITYGARAGE]
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